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Mobile Library

“When you step away from The Mobile Library it will be with a grin on your face. Whitehouse’s brave, monstrous, loving exploration of family is masterful storytelling.”

Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of The Word Factory


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.


About David Whitehouse:

DavidWhitehouseDavid Whitehouse is an award-winning novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His first novel,Bed, won the 2012 Betty Trask Award and was published in 14 languages. David writes regularly for the Guardian and The Times and is editor-at-large of ShortList magazine. Originally from Warwickshire, he now lives in London.

Mobile Library is published by Picador.