The Borrower (Paperback)
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The Borrower (Paperback)

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£15.99
Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 05/07/2012
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Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favourite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly anti-gay classes. When Lucy finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a backpack of provisions and an escape plan, she allows herself to be hijacked by him and the pair embark on a spontaneous road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy really be trying to save a boy from his own parents?

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099538127
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 235 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The heightening tension throughout their haphazard road trip from Missouri to Vermont is exhilarating... This astonishingly assured novel knows precisely where it's heading ... the reader is breathless with hope that Lucy and Ian will find a happy ending. - Daily Mail

A tale of the inspirational power of children's books...The Borrower is a tremendously entertaining read. - Financial Times

The Borrower's out and out charm is heightened by its furious, righteous heart and conviction that books offer salvation and hope when life is messy and near-unbearable - Marie Claire

Funny, charming debut...it's a lovely, inventive novel, smart but not annoyingly wise-cracking, about the power of books and stories to sustain people when life becomes impossible... warmly demonstrates that love can come in different and unexpected guises. - Metro

The sheer zest and care with which this book is written, as well as the emphasis on children's literature, set it apart... Makkai is an engaging writer. - Guardian

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“easy to read”

This book is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. I have described it to friends as a story about a librarian who accidentally kidnaps a 10 year old boy (this is usually followed by their confused faces... More

Paperback edition
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“Don't Borrow - Buy!”

This book is about a children’s librarian, Lucy, who takes Ian, a 10-year old boy who spends a lot of time in the library, on a road trip in her car and keeps going, until a short trip has turned into kidnapping.... More

Paperback edition
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“Great characters”

Lucy is a clever girl with a good degree, so her parents don’t understand why she chooses not to gain a Masters or to use her father’s contacts to get a successful job. Lucy doesn’t really understand it either but she... More

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