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Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
  

Mobile Library

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

A misleading title to my mind for this is not a tale of literature and reading but of dysfunctional people with sad back stories. The library is a nice literary device to provide structure to the story. The book opens with the van parked on a cliff edge and three of the dysfunctional folk inside surrounded by a herd of police. There is Val, the cleaner, her mentally handicapped daughter, Rosa, and 12-year old Bobby, the main lad of the tale. It turns out they have set themselves up but why and how they get out of their rather strange circumstances is the essence of this wacky tale. Great fun(!)

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Synopsis

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for her to return home. Bobby thinks that he's been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val and her daughter Rosa. They spend a magical summer together, discovering the books in the mobile library where Val works as a cleaner. But as the summer draws to a close, Bobby finds himself in trouble and Val is in danger of losing her job. There's only one thing to do -- and so they take to the road in the mobile library...Quirky, dark, magical and full of heart, Mobile Library is both a tragicomic road trip and a celebration of the adventures that books can take us on. It's a love-letter to unlikely families and the stories that shaped us.

Reviews

Engagingly offbeat ... the van becomes as much of a vehicle of fantasy as the Little Prince's biplane or James's giant peach - both a sanctuary from the outside world and a store of limitless possibilities ... quietly profound ... genuinely compelling Guardian Whitehouse cleverly illustrates the way in which lives and books intertwine Daily Mail Powerful, eccentric ... Whitehouse's writing is energetic and pacey, spiked with startling moments of tenderness and superbly controlled. Don't wait for the inevitable film The Times A beautifully written ode to childhood innocence Marie Claire The quirkiest plot we've seen for a while ... making for a magical literary tour that evokes how the books we read as children inspire us. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure Glamour The story is smart, gripping and deeply moving; the characters are exquisitely crafted and magically real, and it's written with an almost poetic beauty. Put simply, it's everything a book should be ... stunning ... engaging and wholly enchanting Heat Book lovers will be charmed by Mobile Library ... It's a funny coming-of-age tale Good Housekeeping A modern day fairytale ... a plot that bounds along, dramatic event after dramatic event ... It's also fun ... The message becomes clear: stories can save us, unite us, show us other ways of being, offer solace ... as messages go, it's a sound one, an example of the open-hearted warmth at the core of this book Financial Times A paean to the transformative power of books Harpers Bazaar Whitehouse's world is just off-centre of the real one, skewed with a dusting of magic realism and underpinned by fairy tales ... This is a thoughtful, kind-hearted and original book Emerald Street Whitehouse makes you feel what it's like to be 12 again: the obsessions, the fears, the boundless curiosity. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, sometimes in the space of one page, it's a wise and wondrous reminder just how far a library card can take you ... Mobile Library is full of heart; it's a novel I can see myself returning to many times in the future ... has such a big heart its pages seem to emanate warmth Stylist Full of heart and hope and absurd bravery, as three lost souls and Bert the dog run away from home in a stolen mobile library. They then set about creating their own kind of family and rewriting the stories of their lives ... the writer's charismatic, sparky tale of salvation and the stories within stories brilliantly shows how adventure can overtake and transform the most unlikely of people Sunday Express Brilliant. Every page is filled with beautifully crafted sentences in a story replete with pathos and humour -- Hannah Beckerman, author of THE DEAD WIFE'S HANDBOOK Huffington Post Original and quirky, Mobile Library is a startling story that gripped me until the very last page. A wonderful novel -- Juliet West, author of BEFORE THE FALL Mobile Library is an excellent novel about the power of words and how stories can help us transcend loss, loneliness and being an outsider. Whitehouse's ability to mix laughs with pathos makes for a warm-hearted book about family and a love letter to the importance of libraries -- Nikesh Shukla, author of COCONUT UNLIMITED I loved this novel. The story of Bobby Nusku and all of the people drawn into his journey over the course of English woodland and a crumbling aristocratic pile in Scotland is so compelling and tenderly drawn. Mobile Library is mobile loveliness, and you'll want to take it with you wherever you go -- Naomi Wood, author of MRS HEMINGWAY


About the Author

David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse was born in 1981. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Esquire, Time Out, and the Observer Magazine. His first short film, 'The Archivist', produced by Warp Films and the BBC, opened the BBC Electric Proms in 2008 and screened at film festivals including Seattle and Munich. Bed is his first novel. It was the inaugural winner of the To Hell with Prizes award in 2010.

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Publication date

15th January 2015

Author

David Whitehouse

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 18

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447274728

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