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Girl on the Platform (Quick Reads) Paperback – 6 Mar 2008


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Product details

  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Quick Reads edition edition (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007270089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007270088
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josephine Cox was born in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching - and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the 'Superwoman of Great Britain' Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.

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Praise for Josephine Cox:

• ‘Cox’s talent as storyteller never lets you escape the spell’ Daily Mail

• ‘Irresistible storytelling’ Books Magazine

• ‘Driven and passionate’ Sunday Times

About the Author

Josephine Cox was born in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching –and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the ‘Superwoman of Great Britain’ Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Calliann on 25 Jun. 2009
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Really disappointed. I am an avid fan of this author, but this is not to her usual high standard. It was confusing in its timings, and the story line became more unbelievable as it progressed.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Tyler on 5 July 2008
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I completely concur with the previous reviewer. This book is puzzling in its awfulness. The dialogue is cringe making and the timescale just doesn't work. The characters manage to get from Bedford to London, book into a bed and breakfast, go the theatre, visit a seedy club and get back to their accommodation in under five hours. The characters are quite unbelievable and the style of writing absurd. What was Josephine Cox doing - having a laugh?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Copson on 27 Mar. 2008
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I have never seen such poor writing and am amazed that stuff like this gets published. The story is so incredibly cliched and so are the characters. This 'quick read' has no redeeming features whatsoever and I wonder if the author is ironically giving us a classic example of how not to write!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dennis W. Ellis on 22 Dec. 2010
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Not a good read - have most of her books but this is by far the worst.
I would not call it a book - more like an artical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2011
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really enjoyed this quick read first time that i have read anything by Josephine Cox and on my kindle very happy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TomsMummy on 5 April 2013
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Very disappointing. Sounded promising but utter drivel to be honest. Timescales were unrealistic and the end very rushed. Not JC's usual standard by a long stretch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patricia mccarthy on 17 July 2013
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What a waste of money. Will not be recommending this book to my friends. Very disappointed for I am a big fan of Josephine Cox books.
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On a trip to London a young man sees a woman sat on the opposite platform and falls head over heels in love. Then she disappears.

Yesterday I visited my local library and came back with five very different books and I chose to read this Quick Read first. The beauty of Quick Reads is that you have the opportunity to try out something different, something that you wouldn't normally even look at. This is what I would normally call a kitchen sink drama. There's no big storyline or plot, it just follows the antics of a couple of twenty somethings on a night out in London.

It's harmless enough but it left me feeling unfulfilled. The story is pretty unrealistic (especially the night out in London) and the ending is so convenient Josephine Cox may as well have wrapped it in a little cotton bow and finished it off with the famous last line 'and they all lived happily ever after.'

Try flicking through a woman's magazine the next time you visit your dentist and you may find a story just like this. That's all I can say really.
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