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After Adlestrop

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    Richard Davies(Author)

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Edward Thomas composed a memorable poem about the express train that he was travelling on in June 1914 which made an unscheduled stop at a remote Oxfordshire station called Adlestrop. He wrote that 'no one came and no-one went' but, unbeknownst to him, a girl called Diana Pink, who was on her way to stay with a relative whom she hated, took the opportunity to get off and go in search of another life. Seventy years later, knowing that she is dying, she writes an account of the extraordinary life she was able to lead having taken that fateful step - a life that encompassed a friendship with an aristocratic family, service with the FANY in France during World War 1, marriage to a Frenchman, whose children she bore, widowhood, a love affair with a Battle of Britain pilot and work with SOE. In the process she killed two men - one who was attacking her closest friend, the other the man who betrayed her daughter to the Gestapo. She was a remarkable woman - brave, passionate and blessed with extraordinary good luck. Her story is exciting, moving and uplifting.
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  • PDF | 90 pages
  • Richard Davies(Author)
  • FeedaRead.com (24 April 2012)
  • English
  • 10
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By carolineski on 3 July 2012

    The whole concept of After Adlestrop is original and extremely well-imagined. It is inspired by the poem by Edward Thomas, about a deserted English country railway platform in 1914. In this novel someone does alight from the train, a young woman. We follow Diana Dumont from 1914 to her death aged 90. As she writes: 'I ran away from home when I was seventeen. I lived through two world wars. I was loved by and loved two wonderful men, one of whose children I bore. I was loved by and loved a wonderful woman. I have killed two men.'This is a charming story, the characters engage the reader and the narrative maintains momentum throughout. It is graced with Edwardian expressions which give flavour but are not overdone. The story never flags.My one criticism is that 50,000 words is short for a novel. I would have liked the narrative to slow down in places, with more description and conversation. Another 20,000 words would have done nicely - which is testament to Davies' powers as a writer.

  • By New me on 10 June 2014

    This novel is based on a clever concept. It moves along at a pace and creates characters you want to follow. A little more romantic than my nor,al style but not too much so.


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