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On the Books July 15: Oldest book in Europe goes for £9 million, respected 'ESPN' journalist suspended for involvement in Mike Leach memoir

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Cuthbert Gospel
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++ The British Library is in the midst of a campaign to collect £9 million (approximately $14.5 million) to buy the St. Cuthbert Gospel, which has been on loan to the British Library since 1979. Fundraising efforts to buy the 1313-year-old book are well underway; the Library has already secured a £4.5 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

++ Speaking of old, expensive books, the unpublished manuscript of Jane Austen’s The Watsons has sold for $1.6 million at a Sotheby’s auction. That shatters earlier appraisals of $330,000 to $490,000.

++ Maybe those guys don’t have all the fun. Respected senior writer Bruce Feldman has reportedly been suspended from his duties at ESPN Magazine for involvement in Mike Leach’s book Swing Your Sword, which details the former Texas Tech coach’s beef with ESPN college football analyst Craig James.