This is a wonderful quirky story about a man who loves reading yet works in a factory, which pulps and recycles lorry loads of books every day. Guylain Vignolles is in his 30s and lives in the shadows of life with few friends and a job he hates. Every morning he catches the same train to work, the 6.27, and reads aloud, to his fellow passengers, random pages from books that he’s managed to save from the pulping machine. One day he finds a memory stick on the carriage floor, containing the thoughts and musings of a woman called Julie. He becomes fascinated by her writing and sets out to find her. The book became a bestseller in France when it was published a couple of years ago. I actually read it in French first – and have just reread it in English (mainly because I wasn’t sure if I’d understood it all!). The translation is great – it doesn’t take away from the story at all. It’s a really warm hearted, witty tale that leaves you with a smile.