Train Man (Paperback)

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It’s never too late to get back on track.

Michael is a broken man. 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). He has his last credit card taped to the inside of his shoe – and that should make identification swift and easy.

What Michael hasn’t factored in is the twelve minute delay, which risks him missing his connection, and making new ones. He longs to silence the voices in his own head: ex-girlfriends, work colleagues, and the memories from his schooldays, decades old. They all torment him. What he really needs is someone to listen, and help him make sense of his grief.

Journeys intersect. People find people when and where they least expect it. A missed connection needn’t be a disaster: it can save your life.

About the Author

Andrew Mulligan was born in 1962 and brought up in London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. Having taught in India, Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines he returned to the UK and now writes full time. He is best known as a children’s author; his novel Trash (2010) has been published in thirty-two languages. He also writes radio plays and film scripts. Train Man is his first adult novel: ‘What was the starting point? I’m afraid it was when a colleague did the unthinkable, and all I could think about was what might have saved him.

Praise For…

"Brilliant... profoundly affecting. It broke my heart at the awfulness of humankind and the cruelty with which we treat each other, but it also made my heart sing that there is such love and compassion in the world too. A beautiful story." - - Ruth Jones, author of Never Greener

"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781784742720
ISBN-10: 1784742724
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Publication Date: July 4th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English