The Reader On The 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, translated by Ros Swartz (Mantle) ISBN 978-1-4472-7646-3
What a delightful, funny and strange little tale this is! The Reader On The 6.27 is the story of a lonely man, Guylain Vignolles, who hates his job as the operator of a book-pulping machine (a monster of note) from where he ‘rescues’ random pages to read aloud on his train commute.
When he finds a memory stick containing the diary of a mysterious ‘Julie’, he begins a quest that brings meaning to his life and to many along the way. It has a cast of quirky characters – from a security guard who only speaks in Alexandrine quatrains, to a goldfish called Rouget the Fifth (actually the replacement for Rouget the second, third & 4th), some crazy old ladies, and the resident cleaner of a public loo.