Review: A Robot in the Garden – by Debora Install

51m7yHLU9xL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Synopsis: A story of the greatest friendship ever assembled.

Ben Chambers wakes up to find something rusty and lost underneath the willow tree in his garden. Refusing to throw it on the skip as his wife Amy advises, he takes it home.




Title: A Robot in the Garden
Author: Debora Install
Publisher: Transworld
Pub Date: 23rd April 2015
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781473510845

I was provided a review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4stars

WARNING: you will laugh, sigh and ‘awwww!’ out loud when reading this book – I have now forever ruined my reputation on the train, no one will sit near me if I have a book in my hand!

A Robot in the Garden is, quite possibly, the loveliest book I’ve read all year. Tang, an AI version of a toddler, is adorable and the relationship between him and Ben is charming, endearing and full of humour.

With hilarious moments in airports; a visit to an android ‘companion’ hotel; and a mad scientist or two; there is something here for everyone.

This is a heart-warming tale of friendship and growing up. It’s not a new plot-line, we’ve seen many a tale of a vulnerable character that is comically out of their comfort zone. However, for a debut, it is an engaging and witty novel – I’m looking forward to what Install has to offer us next.

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