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The People on Platform 5

About The People on Platform 5

Get ready to hop onboard this summer's unmissable book - the perfect feel-good and heart-warming read.

Every day at 8:05, Iona Iverson boards the train to go to work. As a seasoned commuter, she knows there are rules that everyone should follow:

  • You must have a job to go to
  • Don't consume hot food
  • Always pack for any eventuality
  • You must never speak to strangers on the train.

Iona sees the same group of people each day - ones she makes assumptions about, gives nicknames to, but never ever talks to.

But 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?

'Utterly gorgeous. A proper good pick-me-up of a book' RUTH JONES

'Warm, funny and moving' ROSIE WALSH

'Full of original characters and wisdom' KATIE FFORDE

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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.

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.

Her dark but hilarious memoir, The Sober Diaries, has helped thousands of people around the world to quit drinking.

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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