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Monica Meets Famous Author in UK

March 9, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Detective writer Colin Dexter, the creator of the Inspector Morse books, was first in line Tuesday when Monica Lewinsky kicked off the second day of her book tour of Britain.

In exchange for an autographed copy of the authorized biography ``Monica’s Story,″ Dexter gave the former White House intern a book of his short stories called ``Morse’s Greatest Mysteries.″

Dexter said Ms. Lewinsky, whose affair with President Clinton almost drove him from office, seemed ``very fresh and sweet and sympathetic.″

On Monday, the first day of Ms. Lewinsky’s 19-stop tour of England and Scotland, she temporarily fled the book section of the Harrods department store in tears when the crush of shouting photographers proved too much.

On Tuesday, she arrived via the back door of Borders Books in central London to avoid the crowds.

Clive Carlan of Belfast, Northern Ireland, who was among the approximately 1,000 people in line at Borders to get a copy of ``Monica’s Story″ signed, said he sympathized with her nervousness.

``Who wouldn’t be really nervous, standing in front of a massive crowd of cameras like that?″ he said.

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