By Ian Sansom
Disgruntled, raveled, fish-out-of-water cellular librarian Israel Armstrong is eventually going domestic to London, damn together with his irascible significant other Ted Carson of their rust bucket publication van en path to the cellular Meet. the once a year library conference provides Israel the chance to meet up with his kin, devour paprika bird and baklava, and drink strong espresso. yet they have slightly came upon parking whilst the incredible happens: their library-on-wheels is stolen! Who in the world would wish to take a thirty-year-old touring catastrophe with the phrases "The ebook Stops right here" painted around the again? Israel and Ted are decided to determine. yet their seek is top them on a truly twisty path throughout the nation-state in pursuit of a suspicious convoy of latest Age tourists. And the search is elevating various troubling questions—such as the place precisely is Israel's high-flying female friend, Gloria? And is Ted quite creating a circulate on Israel's widowed mom?
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There were beehives down by the wheat ﬁeld, and oats, some barley, sheep, the paddock. He took in these sights and breathed deeply, admiring a bunch of huge plants with bright yellow ﬂowers. ‘They’re lovely-looking ﬂowers,’ he said to Mr Devine. ’ ‘Er . . ’ Mr Devine’s eyes narrowed. ‘And you’ve some lovely trees there,’ said Israel, gesturing towards the fruit trees. ‘Plum,’ said Mr Devine. ’ ‘Planted by my father. Cherries. ’ ‘Good,’ said Israel, as though he were a landowner inspecting a tenant farmer’s ﬁelds.
Anyway, George,’ he said, as George approached. ’ ‘I’m just checking on these early croppers,’ she said, ignoring Israel’s onion-thinning achievements and kneeling down by some bushy patches of green. ‘It’s ﬁnding something early that’s ﬂoury enough,’ said Mr Devine. ‘Uh-huh,’ said Israel, faux-knowledgeably. ’ ‘Mebbe,’ said Mr Devine. ‘Yes, you’re certainly going to get lots of . . cabbages. And . . potatoes. Have you never thought of diversifying into . . I don’t know. ’ said George, from in among the foliage.
Cunning—that’s what was called for. ’ ‘No, no, I’m not. I mean, she just wouldn’t, though, would T H E BOO K STOP S H E R E 41 she, realistically, stand a chance of winning a prize at the Mobile Meet? With that, you know, all that competition. ’ ‘I don’t think so, Ted. ’ ‘Ach,’ said Ted. ‘Not a chance of winning. Not in a million years. If you look at these categories. ’ ‘Ach, well, if she was there, she’d deﬁnitely win that. ’ said Israel. ’ ‘Well, I suppose if you pimped her up a bit and—’ ‘Wee bit of work, no problem,’ said Ted.
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