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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

Clare Pooley
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No one speaks to strangers on the train. What would happen if they did?
Find out in the feel-good read of the year.

Readers are falling 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’
­­­———————–
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

Sunny, funny and full of heart‘ NITA PROSE

Feel-good fiction at its best‘ SOPHIE COUSENS

Gloriously entertaining and completely addictive‘ HAZEL PRIOR

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Mar/2023

ISBN: 9781804990971

Length : 416 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

The People on Platform 5

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

Clare Pooley

No one speaks to strangers on the train. What would happen if they did?
Find out in the feel-good read of the year.

Readers are falling 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’
­­­———————–
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

Sunny, funny and full of heart‘ NITA PROSE

Feel-good fiction at its best‘ SOPHIE COUSENS

Gloriously entertaining and completely addictive‘ HAZEL PRIOR

Buying Options
Paperback / Hardback

Reviews

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

Another totally original, thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying book from Clare Pooley. Full of original characters and wisdom, I absolutely loved it

A glorious triumph of a novel; warm, funny and moving, with an unforgettable cast of characters

Insightful, funny and full of warmth and relatable characters. A brilliant read

A gloriously entertaining and completely addictive read. The People on Platform 5 will be sure to steal your heart. Clare Pooley's writing is astute, wickedly funny, clever and charming. I adore this book

This book tackles so many interesting themes, all with Clare's trademark humour, wonderful writing, and vibrant, loveable characters - Feel-good fiction at its best. It almost made me miss the commute

A joyous and uplifting story about unexpected friendships, and the chance connections that can change our lives

An uplifting and heart-warming book that champions friendship and community

I loved meeting the people on platform 5 - a delightful story about connection and friendship in a disconnected world

A 1st class journey. Just wonderful

A magnificent, heart-warming novel celebrating the power of human connection - it's an absolute joy

Uplifting, joyful & funny, yet also poignant, perceptive & clever

This utterly joyful novel takes you on an unforgettable journey with characters you wish you could meet in real life... I loved The People on Platform 5 even more than The Authenticity Project - it's glorious

This book is bursting with the kindness of strangers, and I was bursting with hope by the end of it

Clare Pooley is the queen of feel-good fiction. She takes relatable situations and characters and somehow makes them magical. The People of Platform 5 is funny, tender and true-to-life while also being thought-provoking. It was magnificent and a joy to read

The People on Platform 5 is nothing short of sheer and utter delight. It presents the best of humanity - the sweet and bashful kindness and generosity that lives in all of us. I can't think of a more joyful book!

Heartwarming, funny, a delicious dive into the profound and ridiculous modern world in which we live. Clare Pooley reminds us why we need each other

Pooley delivers not only acerbic, enchanting Iona but a compelling, tangled cast of quirky, complicated characters so engaging, it's enough to make you miss crowded commuter trains

This feel-good ensemble story will bring joy to readers who loved Anxious People and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine-not to mention fans of quirky London-set fare such as Ted Lasso...a warm, fun pick-me-up of a book

Clare Pooley has found a delightful way to bring home the point that we need each other

Leaving you with that fuzzy feeling you want from a feel-good book

Entertaining and uplifting

Filled with delightful characters... this heart-warming book explores relationships and the dilemmas of everyday life

Tackling many relevant issues, it's a heart-warming read

Poignant, totally joyful, this is a great read

A feel-good read, with great characters to care about, it takes current issues seriously but adds plenty of humour

[It leaves] the reader with that fuzzy feeling you want from a feel-good book. Fans of her previous hit, The Authenticity Project, will not be disappointed

A feel-good tale about the power of real-life connections

You can always rely on Pooley to deliver not just wonderful, lively characters but a story that leaves you feeling uplifted and hopeful

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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