A Robot in the Garden

A Novel

Publisher: Random House Canada
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.


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