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The London Train by Tessa Hadley


The London Train by Tessa Hadley

Two lives stretched between two cities, two stories bound by the London train. Paul sets out in search of his eldest daughter Pia, who has gone missing somewhere in London. At first he thinks he wants to rescue her, but as time passes he is drawn deeper into the excitements of the capital, and a life lived in jeopardy - he forgets his own way home. In the opposite direction, Cora is moving back to Cardiff, to the house she inherited from her parents. She is escaping her marriage and the disappointments of her London life. And then she receives a telephone call to say that her husband has disappeared...

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Few writers give me such consistent pleasure -- Zadie Smith She has such great psychological insights into human beings, which is rare. She is one of the best fiction writers writing today -- Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie This beautifully evoked fourth novel is a further example of her talents -- Rachel Hore * Literary Review * Darkly elegant...Hadley writes with grace and intensity, moving from careful, beautiful delineation of character and moments of haunting power. She is brilliant, too, at offering us different perspectives * Financial Times * Tessa Hadley is an understated writer whose concentration on the details of everyday life belies a breathtaking acuity and articulateness... She once again visualizes the monochrome mundanity of ordinary existence in glorious Technicolor... Hadley captures shades of almost imperceptible grey that the reader only recognizes after reading... Hadley shows, with dizzying aplomb, that the distinction between literary fiction and the best domestic fiction is spurious. -- Leyla Sani * Independent *

About the Author

Tessa Hadley is the author of four highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom and The London Train, and two collections of stories, Sunstroke and Married Love. She lives in Cardiff and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University, where she has recently been appointed Professor of Creative Writing. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker, Granta and other magazines.

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Publication date

5th January 2012


Tessa Hadley

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


336 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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