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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099593676
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Warning: once you let books into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

A Richard & Judy Book Club Pick

New York Times Bestseller

Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too…

'The perfect summer read' Stylist

  • Pub date: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099593676
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Katarina Bivald

KATARINA BIVALD grew up working part-time in a bookshop. Today she lives in Älta, Sweden, with her sister and as many bookshelves as she can squeeze in. She has still not decided whether she prefers books or people. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is her first novel.

Praise for The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

“A charmingly offbeat, genuinely amusing novel... the perfect summer read”


“Katarina Bivald has written an absolutely delightful, charming book that celebrates the healing power of friendship and love often found in small towns. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and I could not recommend it more highly”

Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

“This adorable book is a peach. It’s built on the same lines as Cold Comfort Farm or Chocolat... Wise, thoughtful, funny, warm, moving; all that stuff and more”

Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

“This is a story about community, about being needed and about belonging... A warm, cosy, compassionate read”


“A manifesto for booksellers, booklovers, and friendship. We should all celebrate these little bookstores, where our souls find home... one of these books you want to live in for a while”

Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop

“I was captivated by this tale of books, friendship and the search for happy endings”

Woman & Home

“A heartwarming tale about literature's power to transform”


“A celebration of people who read to help them survive and thrive”

Sainsbury's Magazine

“A heartwarming and utterly charming debut... This gentle, intelligent Midwestern tale will captivate... An ideal book group selection, it reminds us why we are book lovers and why it's nice to read a few happy endings”

Library Journal, starred review

“Bivald encourages us to look for adventure in both literature and life... Charming”


“An international bestseller, this quirky, offbeat novel about books, with its wry humour and wonderful characters, is a delicious read”

Choice Magazine

“Charmingly original....sweet, quirky”

Washington Post

“This is a charming novel for book lovers from all walks of life… As you journey through the pages, weaving Little Women, Harry Potter, Jodi Picoult, Jane Austen, Steig Larsson and Proust around the storyline, you’ll find yourself rooting for the beautifully drawn characters, smiling at the wry humour and applauding the ending”

Candis Magazine

“Charming and relatable”

Mel Mitchell, Nudge

“You’ll love it”

Catherine Small, Irish News

“A wonderful tale.”

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, Daily Express

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