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A wacky, slapstick, irreverent romp with a naïve Jewish vegetarian attempting to fulfil his duties as a mobile librarian on the North Antrim coast. First he must find his books! It really is delightfully silly, a good, easy, escapist read and the first of a series.
Comparison: Tom Sharpe, Alexander McCall Smith, James Hawes.
Similar this month: None but try George McDonald Fraser or John Bennett.
Israel is an intelligent, shy, passionate, sensitive sort of soul: he’s Jewish; he’s a vegetarian; he could maybe do with losing a little weight. And he’s just arrived in Ireland to take up his first post as a librarian. But the library’s been shut down and Israel ends up stranded on the North Antrim coast driving an old mobile library.
There’s nice scenery, but 15,000 fewer books than there should be. Who on earth steals that many books? How? When would they have time to read them all? And is there anywhere in this godforsaken place where he can get a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper?
Israel wants answers...
Publication date: 06/02/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||6th February 2006|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Ian Sansom reviews regularly for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. His first book, The Truth About Babies, was published by Granta in 2002.More About Ian Sansom