Three people, struggling to come to terms with great loss after the end of the war, search for peace in a small town's library in a heartbreaking novel of love and loss and the healing power of memory and words.
In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.
In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.
Written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of the human heart, The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can be sometimes to tell them apart. It's a story of life, loss and what comes after; of connection and separation, longing and acceptance. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.
A story that will break your heart with hope.
A poignant rumination on life, death, memory, dreaming and the anxious spaces in between. [Meredith Lewin, 05/05/2013, SMH]
Ashley Hay’s latest novel is A Hundred Small
Her previous novel, The Railwayman's
Wife, received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin
Roderick Award, and the People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
It was published in the UK, the US and in translation.
Her earlier work has won accolades in Australia and
abroad, most recently the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. She
has been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for awards including
the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Kibble.
She lives in Brisbane.
Winner NSW Premier's Literary Awards, People's Choice Award 2014 AU; Long-listed Kibble Literary Award 2014 AU; Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2014 AU; Long-listed Miles Franklin Literary Award 2014 AU; Winner Colin Roderick Award 2013 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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