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Strangeness on a Train [Kindle Edition]

Julia Crouch
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 2012, Julia Crouch became East Coast Rail's first ever Writer in Residence on the London to Harrogate line, writing a gripping short story over the course of her return train journey. And what better place for Julia to exercise her dark imagination and explore the deadly intents of her characters; after all, as Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith would attest, trains have long been the ideal setting for the perfect murder... Turning fifty has not filled Sally with joy. She's sitting on the Kings Cross to Harrogate train the morning after her disastrous birthday meal, feeling fed up and hungover to hell. And then a stranger climbs on board and sits down opposite her. You know those passengers who really, really annoy you on trains? The ones who invade your personal space, and worse? Well, he's one of those. And he's about to push Sally to breaking point.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ESY02O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,904 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Julia Crouch grew up in Cambridge and studied Drama at Bristol University. She spent ten years working as a theatre director and playwright, then, after a spell of teaching, she somehow became a successful graphic and website designer, a career she followed for another decade while raising her three children. An MA in sequential illustration reawoke her love of narrative and a couple of Open University creative writing courses brought it to the fore.

Cuckoo, her first novel, emerged as a very rough draft during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2008. A year's editing got it ready for submission to an agent and within a couple of months she had a book deal with Headline and had given up the day job.

Every Vow You Break, her second novel, was published in March 2012, and Tarnished, her third, came out in 2013. She is also published in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil and China.

She works in a shed at the bottom of the Brighton house she shares with her husband, the actor and playwright Tim Crouch, their three children, two cats called Keith and Sandra, and about twelve guitars. She is a self-confessed geek and fights a daily battle to resist tinkering with the code on her website, which can be found at www.juliacrouch.co.uk.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read on a train 19 July 2012
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We've all been annoyed by someone on a train journey, especially when you're in the 'quiet' zone, and Julia Crouch's heroine is nursing a hangover from last night's birthday celebration from hell. This is the ideal length to read between Leeds and Harrogate (where Julia was train writer in residence) and if you get held up by leaves on the line, why not download Cuckoo her first novel, which she manages to slip in to the story. You'll laugh, you'll gasp! You'll want more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STRANGENESS ON A TRAIN 19 July 2012
By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This very short but concise free download is about fifty year old Sally, a woman on the edge, who is taking a stressful train ride from London to Harrogate to visit her aunt.
An enjoyable quick read.
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By SEM
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This story takes place on a train journey taken by a middle aged woman to visit her elderly Aunt. The middle aged woman in question is Sally and her journey takes place the day after a family meal in celebration of her fiftieth birthday. Feeling a little hung over Sally is not at her best. She then has the misfortune to be joined by a beyond obnoxious passenger who plonks himself opposite her seat despite the train being virtually empty.

The story alternates between happenings on her journey and the events of the birthday dinner the previous night. I found that when the story focused on the dinner I longed to learn more about Sally's estranged husband and her four adult children. The family dynamic and the brief glimpses of the personalities of her family was really interesting. As far as the journey was concerned: as the behaviour of Sally's fellow passenger worsened but she remained steadfastly in her seat I couldn't help but think that most anyone in that situation would have switched seats pretty sharpish.

The writing is good and laced with gentle humour plus the author looks to have a wonderful knack for characterisation. But for me the story bubbling away in the background really was more interesting and I kept wistfully wishing that it had taken centre stage. The unsettling end to the story reinforced this desire.

A 3* read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangeness On A Train 1 Jun. 2014
By Knobby
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A reasonable short story.

Sally, a stressed fifty year old, is traveling from London to Harrogate to visit her aunt.

Sally has a lot on her mind and desperately tries to control herself and not react to everything that's annoying her.....

A decent, well written short story but with a predictable ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strangeness on a train 21 Feb. 2013
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Really enjoyed this short story. The characters were well drawn and the description and antics of the stranger on the train made me laugh out loud. Sally, the main character was a classic example of the worm turning. Have read 'Cuckoo'and enjoyed this as well. I intend to read more of this writer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Eminently forgettable! 13 Sept. 2013
By CJS
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I had to check my orders to see if I really had ordered it. A short (thankfully) story about a disgusting fellow passenger on a train. I kept asking myself why she didn't just move to another seat. Not even funny but perhaps I am too far past 50 to appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Insightful, Dark. 6 Feb. 2015
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I loved this short story from Julia Crouch. Considering how short it is, the story really drags you in. I entered that train and was disappointed to see it reach its final destination. Brilliantly written, engaging, disturbing. I loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only Short But No Errors 10 Oct. 2013
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This author was recommended to me and as she had this short story as a free download I gave her a try. I don't read short stories as a rule. I have put one of her books into my wishlist on the back of the fact there were no mistakes or grammatical errors which always greatly impresses me these days.The only note I made in it was that Diggory sounds like a dog's name !!
I was a little disappointed with the actual story as I expected a twist. I was expecting something similar to what actually happened to be the case and thought there would some additional "thing" to occur and it didn't.
However, I'd probably do better with a full-length novel which I prefer to read, anyway.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read
Published 29 days ago by pal2014
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good still wondering who the passenger was and what he was up to
Published 6 months ago by Terence duffy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Complete waste of time, with a twist that's not explained, nor the reality behind the process - don't bother.
Published 7 months ago by Vx Primvs Aebvtivs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best short stories ever.
Published 9 months ago by Helen Saint
2.0 out of 5 stars Silliness on a train
Silliness on a train more like! It was like a very bad Agatha Christie....or maybe I just didn't get it?
Published 9 months ago by Elaine Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars I got this to read on the long train journey
and thought it would last till i got off, ten munites later...so let down as it could have been a good book
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a favourite author
Excellent. I was spell bound by this book. I finished it all too quickly. The twists abscturbs keep the pages turnibg
Published 11 months ago by David Littlewood
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read but I am not sure I would recommend it as I felt it...
This book was ok. A quick read but I am not sure I would recommend it as I felt it didn't have much substance
Published 12 months ago by Joyce Stirling
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Not interesting at all. I wouldn't read another book by this author and I think it would be more suited to a teenager
Published 14 months ago by Carol Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars great
lovely little read.some of us might like to do what the lady passenger did on her travels. well done her.
Published 15 months ago by Juno
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