Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus
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.