Auckland Libraries: Unlikely fictional road trippers

Unlikely fictional road trippers

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​I blame my mother. While hunting for books for her, I ended up with a run of books featuring 'unlikely road trippers’ – so I hunted out some more, and now it is a real book list! Some of them are funny, some are heart-warming, some are heart-wrenching. But all of them feature unexpected characters doing unexpected road trips on, sometimes, unexpected travelways. 

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The little Paris bookshop

Nina George

Book

"There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies--I mean books--that were written for one person only...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy....

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The buried giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

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"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay. . ." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding...

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Emma Hooper

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I've gone. I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. I will try to remember to come back. Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early...

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The little old lady who broke all the rules

C. Ingelman-Sundberg

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79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends...

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The delight of being ordinary

Roland Merullo

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"Roland Merullo's playful, eloquent, and life-affirming novel finds the Pope and the Dalai Lama teaming up for an unsanctioned road trip through the Italian countryside to rediscover the everyday joys of life that can seem, even for the two holiest men...

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The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

Large Print

"Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not...

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Mrs Queen takes the train

William M. Kuhn

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"Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is growing increasingly disenchanted after her decades of public service and years of family scandal. One day, the Queen takes things into her own hands and, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, leaves the palace alone and...

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The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Rachel Joyce

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When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone....

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The curious charms of Arthur Pepper

Phaedra Patrick

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When Arthur Pepper discovers a mysterious charm bracelet in his late wife's wardrobe, he sets off on a journey to discover, charm by charm, her secret life before they met. Having been married for over 40 years, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper is mourning the...

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Lost & found

Brooke Davis

Book

Millie Bird's struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie's father, leaves her in a local store and never returns. Agatha Pantha, has not left her house, or spoken to another human being, since she was widowed seven years ago. Karl once used his fingers...

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Book list by:

Annie

LibrarianHelensville Library