... my cousin gave to me: an early birthday present. Being in a reckless kind of mood I decided to open it straight away rather than wait three days.
The bag felt very heavy - rather as though it contained a brick. On opening the bag I discovered that my cousin had indeed given me a brick for a birthday present. But not just any brick: it was an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brick from Daryl Fitzgerald's Light Reading collection.
The weathered Glen Iris brick from 1956, complete with Olympic rings, is imprinted on its 'spine' with the title, author and artist's mark.
Absolutely the perfect gift for a librarian who lives quite near Glen Iris and loves her sport.