The Railwayman's Wife
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.
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 one novel, The Body in the Clouds.