The People on Platform 5

The People on Platform 5

A feel-good and uplifting read with unforgettable characters from the bestselling author of The Authenticity Project


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<h2>From the bestselling author of The Authenticity Project comes a brand-new uplifting and feel-good novel that everyone is falling in love with...</h2>

'Sunny, funny and full of heart' NITA PROSE, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Maid

'Warm, funny and moving, with an unforgettable cast of characters' ROSIE WALSH

'Full of original characters and wisdom. I absolutely loved it' KATIE FFORDE

'Feel-good fiction at its best' SOPHIE COUSENS, author of This Time Next Year

'A 1st class journey' BETH MORREY

'A gloriously entertaining and completely addictive read' HAZEL PRIOR


Nobody speaks to strangers on the train. But what would happen if they did?

Every day at 8:05, Iona Iverson boards the train to go to work. Every day, she sees the same people and makes assumptions about them, 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. Suspiciously-Nice-New Malden steps up to help and saves his life, and this one event sparks a chain reaction.

With nothing in common but their commute, an eclectic group of people learn that their assumptions about each other don't match reality. But when Iona's life begins to fall apart, will her new friends be there when she needs them most?


Readers have fallen in love with The People on Platform 5:

'Incredible book, full of joy and warmth and love!'
'A great novel with some truly wonderful characters'
'The fantastic cast of eclectic characters will steal your heart & have you rooting for their happy endings'
'A feel-good, once-in-a-lifetime story'

© Clare Pooley 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • Utterly gorgeous. A proper good pick-me-up of a book
    Ruth Jones

About the author

Clare Pooley

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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