Sounds fascinating and a good idea for a Christmas present perhaps.
There is a touch of Brief Encounter about The London Train, Tessa Hadley’s 2011 novel featuring two parallel narratives that ultimately come together and connect. At its heart, this wonderfully subtle novel can be viewed as an exploration of the fault lines and emotional disconnects in two seemingly stable marriages. The story also highlights how these fissures can be exposed by random events, from the sudden disappearance of a daughter to a chance encounter on a train.
Structurally, the book is divided into two sections that initially appear to be separate novellas: The London Train and Only Children. However, by the time the reader reaches the midpoint of the second section, the connection between these beautifully constructed narratives becomes clear.
The first story revolves around Paul, a middle-aged writer and reviewer who lives in Wales with his second wife, Elise, a successful restorer of antiques, and their two young…
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