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Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
  

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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(!) ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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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.

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'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

About the Author

Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist, journalist and the author of five books, including THE SUN and THE MOON. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society a regular broadcaster on science-related matters for the BBC and Sky News. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th January 2016

Author

David Whitehouse

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447274711

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