Train Man: A heart-breaking, life-affirming story of loss and new beginnings (Paperback)Andrew Mulligan (author)
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'Brilliant... profoundly affecting. A beautiful story' - RUTH JONES, author of Never Greener
Michael is a broken man. He's waiting for the 09.46 to Gloucester, so as to reach Crewe for 11.22: the platforms are long at Crewe and he can walk easily into the path of a high-speed train to London. He's planned it all: a net of tangerines (for when the refreshments trolley is cancelled), and a juice carton, full of whisky.
He longs to silence the voices in his head: ex-partners, colleagues, and the unbearable memories of work and school. What Michael hasn't factored in, however, is a twelve-minute delay. He's going to miss his connection - and make a few new ones...
'An absorbing novel...set in the comic wonderland of the English rail network' Daily Mail
'Carefully crafted and with an undertow of melancholy, Train Man is reminiscent of Nick Hornby's high-concept scenarios' Guardian
'Mulligan's prose...delivers a strong human story with impressive skill' Mail on Sunday
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm
The trajectories of these lone rail travellers, and others they meet, ricochet like snooker balls across this absorbing novel, almost entirely set in the comic wonderland of the English rail network. * Daily Mail *
Mulligan's prose...delivers a strong human story with impressive skill -- Max Davidson * Mail on Sunday *
Imaginative and challenging... Train Man is his [Mulligan's] first foray into adult fiction... Carefully crafted and with an undertow of melancholy, Train Man is reminiscent of Nick Hornby's high-concept scenarios and deceptively light touch with human tragedy -- Suzi Feay * Guardian *
Beautifully written... [and] at times even made me laugh out loud * Institute of Engineering and Technology *
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