The Camel Bookmobile

The Camel Bookmobile

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By (author) Masha Hamilton

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Once a fortnight, the nomadic settlement of Madidima, set deep in the dusty Kenyan desert, awaits the arrival of three camels laden down with panniers of books. This is the Camel Bookmobile, a scheme set up to bring books to scattered tribes whose daily life is dominated by drought, famine and disease. Into their world comes an unexpected wealth of literature - from the adventures of Tom Sawyer to strange vegetarian cookbooks and Dr Seuss. Kanika, a young girl who lives with her grandmother, devours every book she can lay her hands on. Her best friend is Scar Boy, a child who was mauled at the age of three by a hyena. They are joined by Matani the village teacher, his alluring wife Jwahir and the drummaker Abayomi, as well as Mr Abasi, the camel driver, who is convinced that one of the camels is possessed by the spirit of his dead mother-in-law. The only condition of The Camel Bookmobile is that every book must be returned or else the visits will cease. Then one day a book is stolen...

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Masha Hamilton worked as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the intefadeh, the peace process and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. She traveled to Afghanistan in the spring of 2004 to interview women in prison, child brides and war widows and report on the country's reconstruction efforts.

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"A warm and humorous novel, packed with bold characters, both human and animal." WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY "A vivid, thought-provoking and uplifting novel" GOOD BOOK GUIDE "a book that will go straight to your heart" TELEGRAPH & ARGUS