The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay audiobook

The Railwayman's Wife: A Novel

By Ashley Hay
Read by Steve West  and Fiona Hardingham

Simon & Schuster Audio
8.85 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
  • Regular Price: $17.99

    Special Price $9.00

    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9781508211860

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 sometimes be 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.

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

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 sometimes be 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A literary and literate gem of a book.” Psychology Today
"[Hay’s] prose style is simple yet vivid.” Minneapolils Star-Tribune
“A melancholy love story…Hay’s venture there is wishful, astringent, and rewarding.” Canberra Times (Australia)
“A moving tale of love, loss, and hope.” Us Weekly
“Beautifully written…this book will dazzle you [and] will have you feeling every emotion at once.” Bustle
“The prose is so elegant that it seems to glide.” Historical Novel Society
“Multilayered, graceful, couched in poetry, supremely honest, gentle yet jarring, Hay’s thought-provoking novel pulls you along slowly, like a deep river that is deceptively calm but full of hidden rapids. Much to ponder.” Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Fiona Hardingham…is superb at bringing the characters in Annika’s story to life with unique voices, allowing the listener to know and care about the grief and wounds that Iris, Roy, and Frank carry in the aftermath of war. In alternating chapters, narrator Steve West portrays the Scottish Mac, who is full of life, humor, and love for Annika, his wife, and Isabel, his daughter. The language is beautifully poetic and descriptive, and the narrators’ deliveries complement the author’s strengths.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Ashley Hay

Author Bio: Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a writer who lives in Brisbane, Australia. She has published two novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, was awarded the Colin Roderick Prize by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and also won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 NSW Premier’s Prize.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 8.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English