Time of Arrival

Time of Arrival

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 157 x 237.2 x 27.2mm | 489.89g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753167247
  • 9780753167243

Review Text

The year is 1951, a relatively short time after the ending of the Second World War. Scars and trauma are still apparent in many lives and there is much healing and re-building to be done. Yet even this tentative post-war peace is to be shattered for the passengers and crew of the 8.45 am train from Temple Meads to Paddington. Albert Priddy, the driver, is preoccupied with concerns about his marriage to Gertie, not to mention thoughts of Wendy Watkins, the temptress from next door. Mary, a beautiful artist on her way to see a Harley Street specialist, is also worried, about her relationship with a younger man as well as the threat of losing her sight. Jenny, the girl from the 'special' school, sets off on the journey full of pride at having gained a position of responsibility on the catering staff. And then there is the guard, Harry Blackmore, the RAF veteran Jeremy, and Ilse, the German girl who has experienced the horrors of a concentration camp - these are just some of the people whose lives have been changed by war and are to be changed yet again by further disaster. This is an honest exploration of the deep-rooted effects of tragedy on ordinary people. The minute examination of the innermost thoughts and fears of the characters shows great perception on the part of the author, and the gripping plot keeps you turning the pages throughout. Although the subject is harrowing, human courage and loyalty shine through, and the message at the end of the book is a hopeful one. (Kirkus UK)show more

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