Tessa Hadley, author of The London Train, on tour May/June 2011

Posted By on March 25, 2011

About The London Train

• Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 24, 2011)

Long-listed for the Orange Prize

Unsettled by the recent death of his mother, Paul sets out in search of Pia, his daughter from his first marriage, who has disappeared into the labyrinth of London. Discovering her pregnant and living illegally in a run-down council flat with a pair of Polish siblings, Paul is entranced by Pia’s excitement at living on the edge. Abandoning his second wife and their children in Wales, he joins her to begin a new life in the heart of London.

Cora, meanwhile, is running in the opposite direction, 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. But there is a deeper reason why she cannot stay with her decent Civil Service husband—the aftershocks of which she hasn’t fully come to terms with herself.

Connecting both stories is the London train, and a chance meeting that will have immediate and far-reaching consequences for both Paul and Cora.

About Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley is the author of The Master Bedroom, Sunstroke and Other Stories, Everything Will Be All Right, and Accidents in the Home. Sunstroke and Other Stories was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, and Accidents in the Home was long-listed for The Guardian’s First Book Award. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Tessa’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 24th: Write Meg

Thursday, May 26th: Reading on a Rainy Day

Friday, May 27th: Caribousmom

Wednesday, June 1st: Books Like Breathing

Thursday, June 2nd: Book Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, June 7th: Bookstack

Tuesday, June 14th: The House of the Seven Tails

Thursday, June 16th: Book Club Classics!

Thursday, June 16th: Book Chatter

Monday, June 20th: Rundpinne

Wednesday, June 22nd: A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, August 25th: In the Next Room




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