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Train Man by Andrew Mulligan

Train Man

Andrew Mulligan

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 4 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781784742720

He's waiting for the 9.46 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 filled with neat whisky (for Dutch courage).

4 stars out of 5
Suzi Feay
18 Jul 2019

"reminiscent of Nick Hornby’s high-concept scenarios and deceptively light touch with human tragedy"

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. It may come as a surprise to anyone suffering the delays and cancellations of their local train company, but Michael’s railway experience is surprisingly positive. Starved of human contact, he is touched especially by countless little instances of staff being helpful, such as the woman carefully crafting what he thinks will be his last hot drink. He even feels cherished by the taped announcements to stand well back from the edge of the platform.

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