Clare Pooley

The People on Platform 5
  • The People on Platform 5

  • From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Authenticity Project comes a brand-new uplifting and feel-good novel

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    Nobody ever talks to strangers on the train. It's a rule. But what would happen if they did?


    Every day Iona Iverson travels to work by train. Every day she sees the same people, making assumptions about them, and even giving them nicknames. But they never speak. Obviously.

    Then one morning, Smart-But-Sexist-Surbiton chokes on a grape right in front of Iona. Sanjay, a nurse, steps up to help and saves his life.

    This single event starts a chain reaction, and an eclectic group of people, with almost nothing in common except their commute, discover that talking to strangers on the train might be uncomfortable and awkward, but it can challenge all of their assumptions and prejudices, and could even transform their life.

    Praise for Clare Pooley:

    'A joyous, funny read' Beth Morrey
    'Feel-good... full of hope' Woman & Home, Book of the Month
    'Wonderfully warm, feel-good novel about the power of friendship and connection' Cosmopolitan
    'A superb, life-affirming book' Prima

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising, before becoming a full-time writer. Clare's dark but hilarious memoir, The Sober Diaries, has helped thousands of people around the world to quit drinking. The Authenticity Project, Clare's debut novel, was a BBC Radio 2 bookclub pick, a New York Times bestseller, the winner of the RNA debut novel award and a Babelio award. It's been translated into 29 languages. The People on Platform 5 is Clare's second novel, inspired by her fascination with inventing stories about her fellow passengers on her commute to work. Clare lives in Fulham, London with her husband, three children and two border terriers.

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