Author Freya Sampson joins The Book Fairies once again – for her second novel!

The Girl on the 88 Bus was hidden along the bus route by the author herself…

“Oh my goodness – you won’t believe the morning I’ve had!”

– The Girl on the 88 Bus

Happy publication day to Freya Sampson who joined us as a Book Fairy for a Day for the second time! Last time was with her first novel, The Last Library. This time we are celebrating the release of The Girl on the 88 Bus and she even hid SIGNED copies along the 88 bus route… Book fairies around the UK have also celebrating by leaving copies in great locations today.

About the book:

Can one chance meeting change the course of your life?

When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, broken-hearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly pensioner Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like her own. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery, but Frank lost the ticket with her number written on it.

For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her. Libby is inspired by the story and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she makes it her mission to help Frank’s search. As she begins to open her guarded heart to strangers and new connections, Libby’s tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the number 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.

“Seeing as today was the first time Libby has seen Frank since their failed trip to the National Gallery, she spent ages trying to work out what to wear.”

– The Girl on the 88 Bus

Freya Sampson as Book Fairy for a Day – video

“From his seat at the front of the top deck, Frank caught a flash of green eyes under the beret and felt his heart quicken.”

The Girl on the 88 Bus

Happy finders!

We love hearing from people who find the books we leave behind. Today was no exception and we had so many messages! Here are a few of our favourites.

“Frank spotted her out of the front window as the bus pulled up at Clapham Common Station.”

– The Girl on the 88 Bus

Not lucky enough to find one?

Do not worry – this wonderful book is now available in all good book shops. You can also ask them to order one in for you! If you prefer to shop online, you can still support independent shops around the UK if you order your copy of The Girl on the 88 Bus through

Would you like to be a book fairy?

Anyone can join in! Just order your first set of official book fairy stickers and get started by hiding some of the books you’ve read and enjoyed!

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