A few weeks ago, prompted by a friend wondering what she should put in hers, I posted on those brief autobiographical paragraphs which preface most books. I had a mixed response, including a few from authors. Having admitted that I always read them I confessed to one respondent that I was also drawn to acknowledgements, writing myself off as an anorak. She replied politely, but I knew what she meant. Then, someone I know retweeted the post and we fell into a brief conversation in which he volunteered, with no prompting at all from me, that he often went straight to the acknowledgements section. We agreed that we both like to see which other writers our author had been influenced by or consorted with. And it seems we’re not the only ones, either: my kind tweeter pointed me at this piece in the Guardian. Anyone else out there who likes to scan acknowledgements? Don’t be shy now. You’d be in good company.