Tessa Hadley in Ely

Tuesday 18th January 2011

  • Venue The Bookshop, 9 High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ
  • Doors open 7.15pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Join us as we welcome back one of our favourite authors as she talks about her latest novel, one that is definitely worth catching.

The London Train is a novel in two parts, wound together around a single moment, examining in vivid detail two lives stretched between two cities. Paul is a writer living in the Welsh countryside with his wife Elsie and their two young children. The day after his mother dies he learns that his eldest daughter has left her university course and moved out from home. When he finds her, pregnant and living with an older man in a chaotic flat in a tower block in King’s Cross, he thinks he needs to rescue her.

In the opposite direction, Cora is moving back to Cardiff, escaping her marriage, and the constrictions and disappointments of her life in London. At work in the local library she is interrupted by a telephone call from her sister-in-law and best friend, to say that her estranged husband has disappeared.

Connecting both stories is the London train, and a chance meeting that will have immediate and far-reaching consequences for both Paul and Cora.