Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND - MICHELLE COLLINS Light­hearted ro­mance VER­DICT:

Be warned, leav­ing copies of your favourite books, in­scribed with your name and phone num­ber, on ran­dom trains is not a safer al­ter­na­tive to Tin­der. The book ninja of the ti­tle is two-time nov­el­ist Frankie. Frankie has an in­no­va­tive plan to meet a man — leave a copy of her favourite nov­els on train seats in the hope some­one will pick one up and be so in­spired by the writ­ing they will want to meet the per­son who left it there. Frankie was con­ceived on the Frankston train line, so she has an in­nate affin­ity for rail travel and clearly doesn’t be­lieve se­rial killers or stalk­ers use pub­lic trans­port. The men — and one woman — she meets are just funny, bor­ing and per­sis­tent. It’s a light­hearted, quirky ro­mance and a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Berg and Kalus, who founded Mel­bourne’s Books on the Rail move­ment in 2016. Mod­elled on Books on the Un­der­ground in Lon­don, these “book nin­jas” leave books on pub­lic trans­port for com­muters to read and share.

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