The Lost Ticket (Large Print / Library Binding)
Libby Nicholls finds herself on the bus to London following her recent break from her long-time partner, Simon. On her ride, Libby meets Frank, who mistakenly believes that she is someone else. This one mistake starts a friendship when Frank reveals that in 1962 he met a girl on the 88 bus who agreed to a date that never occurred after he lost the ticket with her phone number. Since this accident, Frank has ridden the same bus in hopes of seeing her and being able to apologize. Inspired by his story, Libby is hopeful that she can help play a role in their reuniting.
This is such a heartwarming novel of how strangers can come together to help other strangers. Full of fun characters, banter, and many lessons, this novel will guarantee a smile on your face. Highly recommended!!— Ayah
Strangers on a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in the heartwarming new novel from the acclaimed author of The Last Chance Library. When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, brokenhearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 that he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like hers. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery art museum, but Frank lost the bus ticket with her number on it. For the past sixty years, he's ridden the same bus trying to find her, but with no luck. Libby is inspired to action and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she papers the bus route with posters advertising their search. Libby begins to open her guarded heart to new friendships and a budding romance, as her tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank's dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the 88 bus is slipping away. More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chances for happiness--before it's too late--in a beautifully uplifting novel about how a shared common experience among strangers can transform lives in the most marvelous ways.
About the Author
Freya Sampson works in television as a creator and executive producer. Her credits include two documentary series for the BBC about the British royal family as well as a number of factual and entertainment series. She studied history at Cambridge University and in 2018 was short-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize. She lives in London with her husband, two young children, and an antisocial cat.