UK Publishing Date: 11/02/16. 384 pages.
OK. I’m going to live in a wonderful barn conversion in rural Scotland and sell second hand books out of an old baker’s van. It really does sound quite idyllic even for a city girl like me.
Nina likes books. So much so that the little terraced house she shares with Surinder is creaking at the seams with the weight of all her books. Her job as a librarian in Birmingham is fulfilling and her life is just fine. When the Council decide to close the local library and consolidate the jobs into a more digitally focussed resource Nina isn’t entirely sure that she wants to reapply for her job. Suddenly the redundancy seems a lot more attractive.
When she sees an advert for an old van it helps her firm up an idea for a travelling bookshop. Visiting market days and rural towns selling books, meeting people. But the van is based in Scotland, miles away from Birmingham. Another country. Decisions needed to be made.
This book is like a warm comfy bathrobe on a cold winters day. It is predictable but the characters are so great that you really don’t care. From the gnarly old pub regulars, the grumpy landlord and the young farmers to bookish Nina herself, it feels like you are snuggled down with a bunch of good friends. Once I started reading this I couldn’t put it down.
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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.