The Bad Book Affair (Mobile Library Book 4) Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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Praise for ‘The Delegate’s Choice’:
'This is Israel’s third outing and it is a pleasure to welcome him back – these are blissful British comedies for the thinking escapist.’ Kate Saunders, The Times
Praise for the ‘Case of the Missing Books’:
‘A mystery, a sustained piece of slapstick, a meditation and a yarn. And it is cripplingly funny.’ Independent
‘Sansom has struck a rich comic seam … it promises to be a very enjoyable series.’ Observer
‘A perfect antidote for melancholy.’ Guardian
Praise for ‘Mr Dixon Disappears’:
'Israel is one of the most original and amusing amateur sleuths around…’ The Times
'Bibliophiles will instinctively warm to Israel Armstrong, Jewish librarian, duffel-coat wearer and part-time detective. The fact that he drives his mobile library around the coast of Northern Ireland, moaning non-stop about people who do not return books on time, only makes the character more deliciously esoteric. This yarn about an ageing magician who has gone missing with £100,000 is the second in what promises to be a must-read series.' Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Ian Sansom writes for the ‘Guardian’ and the ‘London Review of Books’. His he is the author of six books including,‘The Case of the Missing Books’, ‘Mr Dixon Disappears’ and ‘The Delegates Choice’, the first three instalments of The Mobile Library series. He lives in Northern Ireland.
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Top Customer Reviews
The comedy in this book is in the characters who people it, how they talk to each other and to Israel, It is not slapstick funny but more gently amusing and full of County Antrim/Northern Irish vernacular with which I am very familiar. The action was happening in places with which I am familiar and many of the characters ring very true, endearingly and embarrassingly true. I have met a lot just like them and smiled inwardly to myself and this book kept me smiling. It is not without sadness though, there are many individual sorrows and problems in Tumdrum. Israel has his own share of personal regrets but the vitality of the conversational writing lightens the dark moments.
There were a few bits of story and the dialogue which jarred with me a bit, didn't quite hit the right note. But that might be because I think I know the lingo better than I actually do. It did not spoil my enjoyment at all and congratulations to the author for carrying it off so well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Average. The characters are frustrating in their weakness.Published 13 months ago by Richard M Thornely
This description was not as the book arrived, "some signs of use", turned out to be an ex library book, very well used complete broken spine and solid pages. Not ironic.Published 14 months ago by kathleen clibbens
... but rather slight. A girl goes missing, hopeless librarian solves the problem. Short and funny, good local Irish atmosphere, but not much tension, you could hardly call it a... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer