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The Railwayman's Wife : Longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award - Ashley Hay

The Railwayman's Wife

Longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

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Published: 1st April 2013
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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 McKinnon 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.

About the Author

Ashley Hay is the author of four books of non-fiction - The Secret: The strange marriage of Annabella Milbanke and Lord Byron, Gum: The story of eucalypts and their champions, and Herbarium and Museum with the visual artist Robyn Stacey. A former literary editor of The Bulletin, her essays and short stories have also appeared in anthologies and journals including Brothers and Sisters, The Monthly, Heat and The Griffith Review. Ashley's first novel, The Body in the Clouds was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 'Best First Book' (South-East Asia and Pacific region) and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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5.0

Moving, delicate, beautifully written.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Railwayman's Wife:

    Lovely book. Read it!

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    4.0

    Easy and relaxing read

    By Major

    from Penrith

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      Comments about The Railwayman's Wife:

      Her description of the South Coast area was so beautifully written and so true to that particular area of the coastline that I am so familiar with. The author tells a story of post war times and the effect left on many women and families. A very sensitive and interesting book.

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      ISBN: 9781743314449
      ISBN-10: 9781743318010
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 320
      Published: 1st April 2013
      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.4
      Weight (kg): 0.42
      Edition Number: 1