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Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
  

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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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.

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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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

David Whitehouse

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Hardback

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781447274728

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