This is the Most Abandoned Book!

Whenever you are traveling, it is a must to carry a book with you to pass the time. Especially if it a long trip. You need something to hold you over. But sometimes, the book doesn’t make it back from the trip.

The Most Abandoned Book

Today, we will be looking at the most abandoned book. The data is from a 2010 survey of thousands of books left behind by guests at 452 Travelodges in Britain. This is only relevant to the U.K because tracking abandoned books is somewhat impossible.

The book that was left behind the most was Simon Cowell: The Unauthorised Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden. Either it was a boring read or people thought it was by Simon Cowell and realized that they didn’t check the author. Whatever the reason was, the book never made the return trip.

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The most abandoned book

Did People Abandon it On Purpose?

It would be interesting to learn how many people actually just forgot the book compared to how many people intentionally left it behind. They were expecting a good read but must have been so annoyed that they didn’t want to see it ever again. I would also like to know if they completed the book or not. Considering that they abandoned it at the hotel, it is safe to guess that they also abandonded reading it.

What were some other books that people left behind? I was unable to find the other books from the same survey. There was another survey that I was able to find and I will be writing another article about that soon. Some of those books include Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.


It would be great to see what Simon Cowell had to say about a book about him being left behind the most. That book must have came out around that time and some people may have bought it at airports because it doesn’t seem like a book that people would take with them on a trip. Either way, the author seems to have done well considering how many people were buying it at the time.

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3 thoughts on “This is the Most Abandoned Book!

  1. Danny Watts says:

    I wouldn’t have purchased it but if I found it in my possession I can assure you it would remain somewhere.


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