A Robot In The Garden: A Novel by Deborah InstallA Robot In The Garden: A Novel by Deborah Install

A Robot In The Garden: A Novel

byDeborah Install

Paperback | June 30, 2015

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What would you do if you found a rickety robot sitting under a tree in your back garden?
For floundering 34-year-old Ben Chambers the answer is obvious: find out where it came from and take it there to be fixed, even if it means risking his marriage in the process. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben embarks on a journey that takes him and the endearing robot, Tang, to the far side of the globe...and back again. Together they will discover that friendship can rise up under the strangest circumstances, and that Artificial Intelligence can teach a man what it is to be human.
Funny, touching, charming, wise and a bit magical, 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.
DEBORAH INSTALL has been writing fiction since childhood, submitting her first book to a publisher at the age of 8. Her love of writing persisted, leading to a number of jobs, including web journalism and her most recent role as copywriter at a design and marketing agency. She lives in Birmingham, UK, with her husband, toddler and affe...
Title:A Robot In The Garden: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.18 × 5.67 × 0.86 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345815335

ISBN - 13:9780345815330


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute Story VERY cute and warms your heart. Once you get going, it's hard to put down because you're always wondering if the two friends will make it to wherever they need to be. I wouldn't be surprised if Install announced that the story was based on real-life prejudices (race, physical and mental ability, if you have the latest iPhone model, etc.) that make people stare and judge. A lot of what I read made me reflect on what we see everyday and on how I treat others... Makes you think !
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Robot In The Garden It isn’t particularly sci-fi or realistic in terms of the humans, but it’s a heartfelt little story, and the robot, Tang, is entirely lovable. #plumreview I received this through a giveaway.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartwarming and easy read There is nothing I didn't love about A Robot In the Garden. Its a cheery and triumphant tale of two very unlikely friends. The story is easy to read (but it sucks you in and gets under your skin in the best way). It has the right amount of mystery (who is the robot? Where did he come from? What is his purpose?), a whole lot of adventure, and has a futuristic setting that is not overdone in the least. This book doesn't try too hard to be interesting and unique (unlike most popular books at the moment IMO), yet it excelled at just that. Its the perfect endearing story to cozy up to after a long day or a stressful semester.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I fell in love with this story Ben Chambers's life has been on hold since his parents died in a airplane crash several years ago. He dropped out of vet school and has yet to find a job. In fact, he even finds it challenging to take the garbage out on time. One day when he does take out the trash, he finds a small robot named Tang in his back garden. The next day it's still there and Ben becomes determined to learn more about it. This is the start of an epic road trip and a trip to reclaim his life. I fell in love with this story almost from the first page. It gave me a warm cuddly feeling throughout and Ben's attachment to the little robt was endearing. Ben is a lost man and when he unites with the lost robot, they become a pair that pulls at the heart strings of the reader.With every mis-step on their quest I found myself cheering for them and hoping that the next leg would be kinder and would draw them closer to the needed resolution. The idea of a road trip (including flights) with a robot who has knowledge of a toddler is appealing if fanciful. With the current status of robotic research, this book teeters on the edge of science fiction. At first, I thought this would be a YA story, but it's much more than that. Ben finds himself examining his life in regard to how he responds to Tang.As much as he had preconceived ideas about Tang, he also had many about himself and his marriage. While a robot can't solve his problems, he sure is a great travel companion and character. A Robot in the Garden is the debut novel for author Deborah Install.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! I took this book to the cottage to read as I relaxed on my week off. I laughed out loud and loved this story of finding a purpose and going on an adventure! My husband who listened and smiled as I read it would agree - he heard me giggling and laughing as I read him snippets!!
Date published: 2016-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was a surprisingly heart warming and adorable look at life, love and friendship. That little robot has more personality than people know.
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it so much! Oh, do you ever get that tingly little feeling after a few pages of a new book? And realize you've just re prioritized your to-do list so you can keep reading? Deborah Install's debut novel A Robot in the Garden did just that! Sometime in the near future in England, androids are an accepted part of everyday life, doing the cooking or gardening - even driving. They're high functioning, replacing the original robots. Ben Chamber's wife Amy would like an android to help around the house (According to her, Ben does very little to help, well, very little anything) One morning though... "There's a robot in the garden" my wife informed me. Ben is fascinated by the little robot - he's battered and worn and wherever could he have come from? He decides to keep him. But Amy has decided not to keep Ben - the marriage is done and she moves out. "But one thing she had said hurt more than anything else. 'He's never actually achieved anything.' She was right. I hadn't. It was about time I did." And so Ben decides to save Tang, the broken robot. He will find his owner and get him fixed! Tang and Ben set off on a journey that will hopefully heal Tang - and without him noticing - Ben as well. A Robot in the Garden houses quirky characters, odd situations, adventures and a pair of lead characters that you can't help but cheer for, between its pages. Ben is a perennial nice guy, who has just lost his way for a bit. And, as funny as it sounds, Tang has quite the personality, despite his limited vocabulary and boxy body. I honestly laughed out loud so many times at Tang's antics. Tang was actually inspired by Install's own young son. As one character remarks "He's not so very different from a child if you ask me." Ben too is quite funny, albeit unintentionally sometimes. I'm not going to spoil the book for you by revealing any more. Suffice it to say that the road trip to fix Tang is one you want to take. A Robot in the Garden was funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming and so very, very good. How else could I describe The Robot in the Garden? Well, if you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - cross that with Wall-E and you'll have an idea. Absolutely, positively recommended!
Date published: 2015-07-10

Editorial Reviews

“Tang the robot is as bighearted as the Tin Man, as loyal as R2-D2, and as clever as HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Our hero is a fantastic and unforgettable creation, and so is this absolute charmer of a novel.” —Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch and Boo“This is a most unusual and delightful book. Deborah Install has created a robot to remember!” —Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series“A road trip, an adorable robot and a man finding purpose in his life—what more could you ask for? . . . This is a quaint book with a lot of heart. Tang[’s] relationship with Ben, his de-facto father, will put a smile on your face. If you’re looking for a feel-good book, this one is perfect. You’ll be wishing for your own robot by the end!” —The Waterloo Region Record   “[A] charming debut novel by author Deborah Install. A Robot in the Garden is a quirky, picaresque story about technology, the search for love and finding one’s place in the world. . . . Install’s book offers an entertaining, thought-provoking read that will appeal to sci-fi buffs and beyond.” —Winnipeg Free Press   “The Greatest Friendship Ever Assembled. . . . This debut novel from Deborah Install is a warm-hearted, whimsical tale about the journey unattended grief will launch us on, a journey towards understanding, acceptance and love.” —i read to live in other people’s lives    “[A Robot in the Garden] was definitely a page turner. . . . Deborah Install was able to create a great summer read! I enjoyed the characters and the way they were able to interact with each other, both in good and bad situations. I adored the plot line and the way the story unfolded, as well as the adventure this novel takes the reader on. This is definitely a book you should pick up this summer! . . . [A] must-read summer novel!” —Fiction Depictions   “I adored this narrative. Deborah Install was specifically successful in conveying the idea and feeling of hope, and determination, and the joys of friendships, however odd. It was these very things that kept me engaged, but what really turned the pages was the way she connected her loose pieces, and interlocked moments. It was the way she made my entire heart envelope Tang, and feel extremely human-like emotions for this little metal being. I wanted him to live the kind of life we are all searching for: one of peace, and belonging. This is a story of new beginnings, and new truths, and of discovering new versions of yourself in the places you least expected to.” —Bound by Words   “A Robot in the Garden was funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming and so very, very good. How else could I describe A Robot in the Garden? Well, if you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry— cross that with Wall-E and you’ll have an idea. Absolutely, positively, recommended!” —A Bookworm’s World    “[O]ne of the loveliest, sweetest stories that I’ve read. . . . Install is a completely hilarious writer. Her story is punctuated with light-hearted humour to create a story that jaunts along. Her characters are endearing and totally likeable. . . . This story is light and funny, and most of all it’ll warm your heart. It’s the perfect summer read.” —Worn Pages and Ink  “A debut novel from author Deborah Install, A Robot in the Garden is a wonderfully sweet and original story. . . . Tang the robot is an incredibly endearing and loveable character and the friendship that develops between him and Ben is truly heartwarming. Their journey together is funny and touching as both of them learn new things along the way. It becomes not just about the physical journey, but one of discovery, friendship and gaining a new perspective on life. A Robot in the Garden is a fun and charming novel that will make you smile (and want to have a robot).” —Cozy Bookmark   “A Robot in the Garden has become a new favourite of mine. As I neared the end of the book, I was constantly looking at how many pages I had left because I didn't want it to end.” —Let’s Take a Shelfie   “It’s been a while since I picked up a book and got the warm-and-fuzzies with every page I turned. . . . I haven’t cried this much over a book since The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.” —Vanessa Grillone, My Pen, My Voice   “This book is fantastically unique. . . . [I]ncredibly well done. . . . [Tang] seriously . . . came right out of the page and buried himself in [my] heart.” —Reality’s a Bore   “This book is one of the craziest, sweetest, most charming and entertaining books I’ve ever read and I loved every second of it. I can honestly say I’ve not read anything like this before. . . . All I really need to say to Deborah Install . . . is that there needs to be a sequel. . . . I could read A Robot in the Garden over and over and it would never lose its appeal. It’s such an endearing tale of friendship, a delightful story, so amusing that words just can’t do it justice. . . . Laugh out loud funny books are rare but this was one of them. . . . A Robot in the Garden is a lovely, wonderful debut novel and I really hope it’s not the last we see of Tang.” —Reviewed the Book   “All the way though this book I was smiling. . . . I absolutely fell head over heels in love with Tang. . . . Overall I can sum this up in one word: ADORABLE!” —Between My Lines