Publication Date: 09/06/2022 ISBN: 9781838778378 Category:

The Girl on the 88 Bus

Freya Sampson

Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: 09/06/2022 ISBN: 9781838778378 Category:
Hardback

£14.99

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‘The characters are relatable and lovable; the story is uplifting and romantic, full of emotions and heart, celebrating the importance of making human connections and embracing our dreams. This book is my happy place!’ Ali Hazelwood, author of The Love Hypothesis

‘A must-read’ Sarah J. Harris

The most uplifting book of 2022, all about how chance encounters can change your life forever.

When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, broken-hearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly pensioner Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like her own. They made plans for a date, but Frank lost the ticket with her number written on it. For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her.

Libby is inspired by the story and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she makes it her mission to continue Frank’s search. As she begins to open her guarded heart to strangers and new connections, Libby’s tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the 88 bus is slipping away . . .

More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chance for happiness – before it’s too late.

The author of The Last Library brings us this beautifully uplifting novel about love, loss and hope found in the strangest of places.

‘I loved it ‘ Hannah Tovey

‘Heart-warming, gorgeously written and I fell instantly in love with the quirky cast of characters’ Jessica Ryn

Publisher Review

Freya Sampson's writing is like a feel-good magical potion made of everything that's beautiful in life: a hug, a cup of tea, a warm blanket, a puppy. The descriptions of London are whimsical and immersive; the characters are relatable and lovable; the story is uplifting and romantic, full of emotions and heart, celebrating the importance of making human connections and embracing our dreams. This book is my happy place! Whatever Freya writes next, I'm on board -- Ali Hazelwood, author of The Love Hypothesis Such a lovely, charming read, full of flawed yet endearing characters, with the most uplifting, bittersweet ending -- Beth Morrey I loved this book! It's so special and memorable - a complete joy to read. It's an uplifting and heartfelt story about the power of human connection, friendship, and kindness to strangers. It's tender, heartwarming and simply impossible to put down. This is a must-read - a sure-fire hit that everyone will be talking about * Sarah J. Harris * The Girl on the 88 Bus is a gorgeous story that's equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. A reminder that love is unwavering and ageless and will always carry us through. Freya Sampson is a brilliant writer * Lia Louis * Heartwarming, gorgeously written and I fell instantly in love with the quirky cast of characters -- Jessica Ryn This is Freya Sampson at her best. Beautifully formed characters with a plot that stirs the soul and makes you feel good to be alive. Sampson has such a wonderful knack for writing gorgeous inter-generational characters and you'll be rooting for every one of them in The Girl on the 88 Bus. I loved it so much, I kissed the final page -- Hannah Tovey A heartwarming story which kept me guessing until the very end. Freya Sampson has created a wonderful, multi-generational cast of characters who are united in their shared cause. It had me sobbing in places, but ultimately left me warm, cosy and wonderfully uplifted -- Laura Price, author of Single Bald Female The Girl on the 88 Bus is one of the loveliest novels I've read. Gorgeously written, it's brimming over with hope, inspiration, and endearing humour. I completely adored this wonderful, warm hug of a book -- India Holton Bursting with hope, the most endearing cast of characters, and love in all forms, The Girl on the 88 Bus is heartwarming perfection - I never wanted it to end -- Libby Hubscher This book feels like a long, warm hug. Although it's not without its sad moments, it's an ultimately uplifting tale of community and friendship which explores both the lives we didn't get to live, and the lives we did live, and loved anyway -- Victoria Scott It's hard to think of another book quite as delightful as this one. The Girl on the 88 Bus is basically the best hug in the world in book form. It's a story about love and second chances and the best kind of unlikely friendships. Pick up this book if you're yearning for some joy in your life! -- Jesse Sutanto The Girl on the 88 Bus is irresistible! I didn't so much read this book as inhale it. It's so sweet and tender, with such loveable characters, that I couldn't stop reading. A real delight -- Tracy Rees A delightful story of hope, friendship and unexpected love, with engaging characters and a few surprising twists and turns. A thoroughly enjoyable ride! -- Hazel Prior It's hard to think of another book quite as delightful as this one. The Girl on the 88 Bus is basically the best hug in the world in book form. It's a story about love and second chances and the best kind of unlikely friendships. Pick up this book if you're yearning for some joy in your life! * Jesse Sutanto * The Girl on the 88 Bus is a tender celebration of everyday joys and the magic of friendship. With characters that feel so real you might be sitting next to them on your bus home, Sampson's witty and moving story explores the strength that can be found in connection, and the way that hope can ignite when the right words are spoken at the right time. A book that made my heart smile - I will recommend it far and wide. -- Katie Marsh In these chaotic times this is a much-needed story about kindness, the importance of friendship and the wonder of hope. The Girl on the 88 Bus is a delight, a beautiful example of how the ripples from one chance encounter can change many lives for the better. I loved it. Everyone should read this book! -- Jenni Bayliss A ray of light! -- Rachel Marks

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