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The Railwayman's Wife

The Railwayman's Wife

Author: Ashley Hay
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An acclaimed, 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. A story that will break your heart with hope.


Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2014. Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2014 and Kibble Literary Award 2014.


'The Railwayman's Wife illuminates the deepest places of the human heart.' - Debra Adelaide, author of The Household Guide to Dying'An extraordinary light falls on every page of this tender and gripping story.' - Belinda Castles, author of Hannah and Emil. 'A tender portrait of a marriage and the poetry and grief it contains. A beautiful, dreamy, melancholy book.' Gail Jones, author of Five Bells.

Author description

Ashley Hay is the author of the non-fiction books - 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, and the novel, The Body in the Clouds.

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General Fields

  • : 9781760110925
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : April 2014
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : June 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 614
  • : Paperback
  • : Ashley Hay
  • : 320