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The day after his mother dies Paul learns that his eldest daughter Pia has gone missing. He sets out from Wales in search of her, and when he eventually finds her, living with her lover in a chaotic flat in King's Cross, he thinks at first he wants to rescue her. But instead he finds himself drawn closer to the hub of London, to the excitements of a life lived in jeopardy, to Pia's fragile new family. In the opposite direction, Cora is moving back to Cardiff, to the house she has inherited from her parents. She is 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 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 for Cora.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099552264
  • 9780099552260
  • 100,478

About Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl and The Past and two collections of stories, Sunstroke and Married Love. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker and other magazines.

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"This beautifully evoked fourth novel is a further example of her talents" -- Rachel Hore Literary Review "Darkly elegant...Hadley writes with grace and intensity, moving from careful, beautiful delineation of character and place...to moments of haunting power. She is brilliant, too, at offering us different perspectives" Financial Times "Tessa Hadley is an understated writer whose concentration on the details of everyday life belies a breathtaking acuity and articulateness... She once again visualizes the monochrome mundanity of ordinary existence in glorious Technicolor... Hadley captures shades of almost imperceptible grey that the reader only recognizes after reading... Hadley shows, with dizzying aplomb, that the distinction between "literary" fiction and the best domestic fiction is spurious." -- Leyla Sani Independent "Serene style and carefully constructed scenes" -- Alex Clark Times Literary Review "Hadley's shrewd observation gains in distinction with every book she writes" Independent

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