Mobile Library

3.71 based on 680 ratings & 134 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 15.01.2015
ISBN: 9781447274742
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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 by David Whitehouse 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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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
Whitehouse cleverly illustrates the way in which lives and books intertwine
Daily Mail
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