A bookshop in Lancaster.
Nell: Bill Oddie?
Lindsay: No, Audacity.
Nell: And is that the author?
Lindsay: That’s the title.
Nell: [Pause] I see. Could you spell that for me? I’m only helping out over Christmas, you see.
Nell: Oh, I see. It’s not something strange. It’s not something “odd”.
Lindsay: No, it’s called Audacity of Hope.
Nell: I thought it might have been a word like Oddfellow.
Lindsay: It’s actually quite a famous book by…
Nell: Because you do get people asking about anything, particularly at this time of year.
Lindsay: I expect so.
Nell: Books that are just strange and occasionally inappropriate.
Lindsay: There’s nothing inappropriate about…
Nell: I’m not saying I’d ban books, though, but I had someone who came up two days ago and asked for a book about sex. Sex education for children. At Christmas time. There’s such odd people round here.
Lindsay: That’s very different from Audacity.
Nell: According to this machine, there’s no such book.
Lindsay: That can’t be true. I’m sure you must have it. The book’s quite popular.
Nell: Well, a lot of the books I think are quite popular aren’t on display here. I’m quite shocked, really.
Lindsay: You see this book everywhere. It’s by…
Nell: You see the Bible everywhere too, don’t you? That’s a popular book. It’s not in the window display here.
Lindsay: Audacity of Hope is by Barack Obama.
Nell: The man from the United States?
Lindsay: It was written by him.
Nell: Oh. And he does books too?
Lindsay: He has written a couple.
Nell: What a wonderful advancement. That’s a wonderful advancement. I will have to look out for them.
Lindsay: But they’re not on your system?
Nell: Oh no, nothing like that.