The Night BookmobileHardback Jonathan Cape
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- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 40 pages
- Dimensions: 198mm x 304mm x 10mm | 472g
- Publication date: 7 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0224089528
- ISBN 13: 9780224089524
- Illustrations note: chiefly Illustrations
- Sales rank: 175,276
Audrey Niffenegger's two novels, "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry", have made her one of the most popular writers in the world. She is also the author of two extraordinary novels-in-pictures, "The Three Incestuous Sisters" and "The Adventuress". Now, with "The Night Bookmobile", she has written her first graphic novel. First serialised in the "Guardian", "The Night Bookmobile" tells the story of a young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing mobile library that happens to stock every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and her most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. Over time, her search turns into an obsession as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and her memories.
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Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her most recent novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, was published in 2009. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape.
By Marianne Vincent 31 May 2012
The Night Bookmobile is the third graphic novel by the best-selling author of The Time-Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. It is a short story which has been beautifully illustrated by Niffenegger and tells the story of Alexandra who, wandering the streets of Chicago after an argument with her boyfriend late one night, comes across the night bookmobile. When she accepts the librarian's invitation to browse, she finds that, to her amazement, it contains every book she has ever read. When the bookmobile leaves at dawn, finding it again becomes an obsession for Alexandra. This is a haunting tale brought to life by Niffenegger's evocative full-colour pen-and-ink work. Enchanting and beautiful.