Walking on Sunshine

Ian Sansom – The Case of the Missing Books – 2010/TBR

The Back of the Book: Please do not Steal the Books.

Introducing Israel Armstrong, one of literature’s most unlikely detectives …

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 sranded on the North Antrim coast driving an old mobile library van.  There’s a lot of 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 some answers …

Smart, funny and heart-warming, with a cast of brilliant characters, The Mobile Library is the first improbable adventure of a reluctant hero.


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