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4.0 out of 5 stars
An original and extremely well-imagined story, 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.