Andrew Mulligan

Train Man
  • Train Man

  • 'Brilliant... profoundly affecting. A beautiful story.' RUTH JONES, author of Never Greener

    Michael is a broken man. He’s waiting for the 09.46 to Gloucester, so as to reach Crewe for 11.22: the platforms are long at Crewe and he can walk easily into the path of a high-speed train to London. He’s planned it all: a net of tangerines (for when the refreshments trolley is cancelled), and a juice carton, full of whisky.

    He longs to silence the voices in his head: ex-partners, colleagues, and the unbearable memories of work and school. What Michael hasn’t factored in, however, is a twelve-minute delay. He's going to miss his connection – and make a few new ones...

Andrew Mulligan was born in 1962 and brought up in London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. Having taught in India, Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines he returned to the UK and now writes full time. He is best known as a children’s author; his novel Trash (2010) has been published in thirty-two languages. He also writes radio plays and film scripts. Train Man is his first adult novel: ‘What was the starting point? I’m afraid it was when a colleague did the unthinkable, and all I could think about was what might have saved him.’