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The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
  

The Case of the Missing Books

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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.

If you like Ian Sansom you might also like to read books by Tom Sharpe, Alexander Mccall Smith and James Hawes.

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Synopsis

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom

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...

Reviews

REVIEWS FOR RING ROAD:`A Tristram Shandy for our times... The tone is part elegy, part satire, part howl and very, very funny. I laughed more times than I can remember over a novel for years ... Ring Road is well-observed and endlessly inventive, with all the messiness of a real place. Sansom's deadpan voice throws up jokes on every page.'Observer`Calls to mind two other outstanding novels: Tristram Shandy...and Joseph Heller's Catch-22... One of those rare books that, once picked up, proves very difficult to put down.'The Irish Independent`Wonderfully vivid, easy, natural, funny and moving.'Oliver Sacks`A wonderfully comic novel.'Daily Mail`It reminds me most of Jerome K. Jerome... Mellow, intelligent and very funny, a perfect antidote for melancholy.'Michael Moorcock, Guardian`There is something fearless in the gaze Sansom turns on banality, and this novel is, in the end, a surprisingly gripping feat of coming to terms with what ordinary life is like.
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About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th February 2006

Author

Ian Sansom

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Author's Website

www.iansansom.net/
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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback (b Format)
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007206995

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