When a stranger arrives in town, with a bulging blue bag and a whiff of adventure, the neighbourhood takes notice. When he asks for his meals to be sent to his room and peace and quiet for reading, curiosity turns to obsession. Each day he stays there, locked in his room, demanding books: Plath, Kafka, Orwell, Lawrence, Fitzgerald, James, Bronte (the eldest), Dickens, Dumas, Kesey – on and on, the stranger never leaving his room. Who exactly is he? What is he reading? And will it be able to save us from the terrible state of the world?
Written by award-winning author Alice Jolly, and based on an idea by the book lovers of Swindon town, this funny and, ultimately, dystopian tale, reminds us of the importance of literature in an increasingly dark world.
‘This book demonstrates that the reader can have a truly symbiotic relationship with the writer. The result is an insight into a fascinating and inspiring world of reading!‘ – Debbie Hicks MBE, Creative Director, The Reading Agency
‘An entertaining, comedic yet profound meditation on the replenishment and complications of reading in dystopia.‘ – Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People, shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019