A Robot in the Garden
Selected for Books at Berlinale 2015
‘I have to admit that the idea of travelling across Texas in a Dodge Charger with a shit robot and a radioactive sausage dog is not something I would have imagined myself doing…’
What would you do if you found a robot in your back garden? For 34-year-old Ben Chambers the answer is obvious: find out where it came from and return it home, even if it means losing his wife in the process. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the robot to the far side of the globe…and back again.
Along the way he begins to change, subtly at first, and then in ways that only become clear on his return to the house he’s always lived in. Funny, touching, charming, and with things to say about, well, being a man and being sentient, A Robot In The Garden is a gem of a first novel, perfect for Book Clubs; perfect for anyone, male or female, who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world.
Follow the protagonists Ben and Tang on Twitter @BenandTang
Praise for A Robot in the Garden
‘A most unusual and delightful book. Deborah Install has created a robot to remember.’ – Alexander McCall Smith
‘Wonderfully weird and uplifting’ – Heat Magazine
‘A heartwarming mix of fantasy and road novel’ – Booklist STARRED REVIEW