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CHARACTERS A Robot in the Garden 107 ¸ Funny touching charming wise and a bit magical this is a novel that explores what it is to be a man a sentient being and even a parent A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world      What would you do if you found a robot in your      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. So AdorableA guy called Ben is living with his wife Amy in a nice big house left to him by his parents Amy is a barrister and they're living comfortably despite Ben's lack of a job He doesn't think he needs one or in fact need to do much of anything His wife of course disagrees So their marriage is already on the rocks when little Tang appears He's a dilapidated robot that looks out of place in this world of high end androids but Ben sees something special in him and takes him on an adventure around the globe to find his maker and get the leaking cylinder inside him fixed before he stops working for good Cue hilarity in airports misunderstandings in android 'companion' hotels and a few scientists both of the friendly and mad variety This is a heartwarming tale of friendship learning and growing up It's also laugh out loud funny because Tang is stubborn sulky adorable and wraps EVERYONE around his little finger Or grabber You know what I mean I would like a Tang please

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His life Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the endearing robot Tang to the far side of the globeand back again Along the way Ben begins to change subtly at first and then in ways that only become clear on his return to the house he's always lived i. Ahoy there me mateys Who doesn’t like robots I have no idea where I first heard about this one but I am so glad that I finally took the time to read it This is not yer typical robot story but it is completely worthwhile and fabulousThis story follows Ben who is living at home with no job ambition or hobby He is just floating along and passively watching his marriage unravel at the seams He is woken one morning by his wife Amy who informs him that there is a robot sitting under a tree in the garden and that he should go look at it He reluctantly goes to check out the robot He was told to get rid of the unsightly battered little robot but doesn’tThe robot Tang is just wonderful He has been compared in spirit to Paddington Bear and I do kinda get why The story is set in an unspecified future that is just like ours except there are androids doing tasks like cooking cleaning etc Robots are so old fashioned But Ben finds himself becoming interested in Tang He soon discovers that parts of Tang seem to be failing Ben is determined to find out how to save Tang What follows is a remarkably lovely journeyBen and Tang’s evolving relationship is the highlight of this book Ben sort of gal lumps along in an endearing fashion But he grows as the story progresses both in how he sees himself and how he views Tang Watching Tang grow change and have opinions is charming and sometimes embarrassing for poor Ben And even though this is a story about traveling from point to point yer never bored because of the little robot and the man trying to save himThis story was heart warming and delightful and occasionally very funny I am still smiling about it as I type this review Little Tang stole me salty grumpy heart He can keep it I highly suggest ye read this one even if robots aren’t usually yer thing I don’t think ye will regret it

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A Robot in the GardenFunny touching charming wise and a bit magical this is a novel that explores what it is to be a man a sentient being and even a parent A Robot in the Garden is a gem of a first novel perfect for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world. Utterly charming and adorableOkay now that I have let that out There's a robot in the garden my wife informed me And so it beginsBen and Amy are experiencing some marital problems so when Tang shows up at their doorstep actually their back garden and Ben decides to take him on a trip to find its creator things might not go as plannedOfcourse going on a trip with and old fashioned robot instead of an android which is common those days is an invitation for hilarious mishaps and misunderstandings But Ben is determined to bring this adventure to a successful ending and along the way the two form a special bond that only they understandThis is a story about friendship and growing up But also belief in one another And if this tale doesn't make you all warm and cuddlyyou must be an android Review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a rating andor review