But the Raycrafts are book lovers and couldn’t stand the sight of them being destroyed. Some of the books appear to be old and quite rare. “There was a first edition copy of Black Beauty on the top pile and the bottom was all charred off [from being burned] but the top was just immaculate,” she said.
So Raycraft and her husband plunged in and took over the collection, bringing a small house onto their property to accommodate all the books. They piled box after box of books into the house.
“We’re talking 30 tonnes of books. The weight of the books is pulling the house apart.”
The books range from old textbooks to volumes of Shakespeare to ‘How-To’ manuals.
Raycraft tried selling the books on eBay, and to collectors and used book stores, but no one wants the task of sorting through them.