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.
“He had never prayed before. But up there where the sky started,above the branches so his one wish couldn’t snag, he asked……’A rare book, I will read again and again. Especially when I need a little magic in my life.” says Mik Brown.
David Whitehouse was asked what his inspiration for writing this book was and he said, “chief among them was to write the kind of story I used to love when I was younger, but for adults. I loved how the darkness was hidden or surreal in books which I was growing up. In James and the Giant Peach for instance, the boy’s parents are eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, and the journey he subsequently goes on it his coming to terms with that. I wondered what that kind of story would like like in the real world, with plausible events, seen through the adults eyes”.
Published 15th January by Pan Macmillan/9781447274728/£14.99/Hardback