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The Railwayman's Wife

by Ashley Hay

eBooks of the Month Family Drama

The Railwayman's Wife Synopsis

In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story. On the south coast of New South Wales, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive. Written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of the human heart, The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can be sometimes to tell them apart. It's a story of life, loss and what comes after; of connection and separation, longing and acceptance. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.

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The Railwayman's Wife Press Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Josie Barton - 'The Railwayman’s Wife is an emotional and at times quite melancholy story which explores the effects of grief and the consequences of living life in the aftermath of devastating loss.' Read full review >
Sarah Hamid - 'This is a beautifully written novel of memories and relationships, set against the backdrop of the natural beauty of the Australian coast, and the legacy of war.' Read full review >
Jane Pepler - 'On the south coast of New South Wales, three people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library...The book is full of wonderfully descriptive prose. I found it very calming to read and the writing is gentle and serene.' Read full review >
Nikki Whitmore - 'A book for people who love books and believe in the healing ability of poetry and stories.' Read full review >
Margaret Madden - 'The story of a widow coming to terms with her loss with the help of a new job in a railway library.  Here she finds comfort and friendship among the shelves.  A lyrical novel, warm and endearing.' Read full review >
Catherine Hogwood - 'A story of loss and recovery.' Read full review >
Jane Birchall - 'A beautifully written book - slow paces, thoughtful and moving without being sentimental.' Read full review >
Vanessa Wild -  'A beautifully written book and a lyrical and evocative read - a story which had me thinking for a while after I'd finished it.' Read full review >
Linda Hill - 'Accomplished and enthralling writing that transports the reader into the minds of the characters.' Read full review >
Celia Cohen - 'Well written but not riveting.' Read full review >
Jane Carter - 'It’s wonderfully involving, it’s utterly readable, and I’d say that, if you’re looking for a summer read with substance, this could well be the book for you.' Read full review >
Emma Barton - 'This is a slow paced story about loss and the after effects of the Second World War on a small Australian community.' Read full review >
Jan Kirkcaldy - 'It’s a story of life and friendship where you can never be sure what will happen next except that it will take you by surprise...A lovely book.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9781743318355
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781743318010
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781743318010
Publication date: 2nd January 2014
Author: Ashley Hay
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama,
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About Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay's first novel, The Body in the Clouds, was shortlisted for a number of prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the New South Wales and West Australian Premier's Awards. A former literary editor of The Bulletin, she contributes to a number of publications including Five Dials, The Monthly, Australian Geographic and The Australian.

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