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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.

©2022 Clare Pooley (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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  • 21-06-22

Heart warming

Like her first novel this is a heartwarming story. Like watching a Richard Curtis movie in your head.

Sadly what slightly spoilt it for me was the narration. Well executed and paced but the voices were all too posh and it felt slightly unrealistic.

Feel good uncomplicated listen.

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  • 13-06-22

Wonderful!

Highly recommend- such insight into people. Loved it and particularly enjoyed listening to the voice tones - relaxing

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Wonderful characters

I listened to this book in a day. I absolutely loved the story and all the characters. It reminded me of Milly Johnson’s natural style in joining the characters together.

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Great read so totally enjoyable, got caught up listening and into the stories l forgot time

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An unexpected find of loveliness

Saw this advertised in Fabulous magazine and was pleasantly surprised. Well read and written, perfect

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Fabulous feel-good book

I absolutely loved this book and feel so sad that it’s over now. I loved all the characters and the heeling that went on amongst them. Some great life lessons.
I highly recommend this book if you want to feel uplifted.

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Fun, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny

Really enjoyed this witty, fun story about an unlikely group of friends. I want to be Iona when I grow up!