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The London Train by Tessa Hadley.. This terrifically English novel works on two planes, and it’s structured almost as two separate narratives, beautifully. Hadley’s subtle touches and observations will rekindle your own powers.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Hadley exposes all the pitfalls inherent in relationships, yet miraculously leaves the reader buoyant with hope.."

Kirkus Reviews

"The people in Tessa Hadley’s latest novel, “The London Train,” seem to be managing the trials of adulthood reasonably well, right up until the moment their lives jump the tracks. Their problems are the familiar and expected ones — grief at the death of a parent, career disappointments, marital friction — although that makes them no less difficult or wrenching. No one is more surprised than Hadley’s characters when they act on irrational impulse. She sets out to make these blinkered lives plausible, and then to subvert our natural sympathy into something more resembling judgment.."

The New York Times

Author bio: Tessa Hadley lives in Cardiff and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, her special interests including Jane Austen, Henry James, Jean Rhys and Elizabeth Bowen. She reviews regularly for the London Review of Books. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (324 pp. Harrowing: Kindle/Print editions)

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