The Railwayman's Wife

The Railwayman's Wife

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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.
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Product details

  • 122 x 132mm | 68g
  • Bolinda Audio Books
  • Tullamarine, Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1489341927
  • 9781489341921

About Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay's latest novel, The Railwayman's Wife, was published in Australia in 2013 to critical acclaim. It has been longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award and the 2014 Kibble Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize in this year's New South Wales Literary Awards, where it won the People's Choice Award. It was published in the UK in January 2014.

She is the author of five previous books including Gum, Museum (with visual artist Robyn Stacey), and The Body in the Clouds her first novel, which was shortlisted for a number of prizes including categories in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the New South Wales and West Australian Premier's Awards, and longlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Edwina Wren is a Melbourne-based actress. She spent two years at the University of Melbourne studying Arts, before leaving to commence studies at the Victorian College of the Arts drama school. Since graduating, Edwina has performed in theatre, film, television, radio drama, animation and audiobooks. In 2005 she was awarded Bolinda's Rising Star Award.
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