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The People on Platform 5

Release date: 13 April 2023
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No one speaks to strangers on the train. What would happen if they did?
Find out in the feel-good read of the year.

Readers are falling in love with 
The People on Platform 5:

'Incredible book, full of joy and warmth and love!'
'A great novel with some truly wonderful characters'
'The fantastic cast of eclectic characters will steal your heart & have you rooting for their happy endings'
'A feel-good, once-in-a-lifetime story'
Every day at 8:05, Iona Iverson boards the train to go to work. As a seasoned commuter, she knows there are rules that everyone should follow:

· You must have a job to go to
· Don't consume hot food
· Always pack for any eventuality
· You must 
never speak to strangers on the train

Iona sees the same group of people each day - ones she makes assumptions about, gives nicknames to, but never ever talks to.

But then, one morning, Smart-but-Sexist-Surbiton chokes on a grape right in front of Iona. Suspiciously-Nice-New Malden steps up to help and saves his life, and this one event sparks a chain reaction.

With nothing in common but their commute, an eclectic group of people learn that their assumptions about each other don't match reality. But when Iona's life begins to fall apart, will her new friends be there when she needs them most?
'Utterly gorgeous. A proper good pick-me-up of a book' RUTH JONES

Warm, funny and moving' ROSIE WALSH

Full of original characters and wisdom' KATIE FFORDE

Sunny, funny and full of heart' NITA PROSE

Feel-good fiction at its best' SOPHIE COUSENS

Gloriously entertaining and completely addictive' HAZEL PRIOR

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Utterly gorgeous. A proper good pick-me-up of a book ― Ruth Jones

Another totally 
original, thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying book from Clare Pooley. Full of original characters and wisdom, I absolutely loved it ― Katie Fforde

glorious triumph of a novel; warm, funny and moving, with an unforgettable cast of characters ― Rosie Walsh

Insightful, funny and full of warmth and relatable characters. A brilliant read ― Sarah Morgan

A gloriously entertaining and completely addictive readThe People on Platform 5 will be sure to steal your heart. Clare Pooley's writing is astute, wickedly funny, clever and charming. I adore this book ― Hazel Prior

This book tackles so many interesting themes, all with Clare's trademark humour, wonderful writing, and vibrant, loveable characters - 
Feel-good fiction at its best. It almost made me miss the commute ― Sophie Cousens, author of This Time Next Year

A joyous and uplifting story about unexpected friendships, and the chance connections that can change our lives ― Debbie Johnson

An uplifting and heart-warming book that champions friendship and community ― Libby Page

I loved meeting the people on platform 5 - 
a delightful story about connection and friendship in a disconnected world ― Marianne Cronin, author of The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

A 1st class journey. Just wonderful ― Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy

A magnificent, heart-warming novel celebrating the power of human connection - it's 
an absolute joy ― Freya Sampson, author of The Last Library

Uplifting, joyful & funny, yet also poignant, perceptive & clever ― Tracy Rees

This utterly joyful novel takes you on an unforgettable journey with characters you wish you could meet in real life... I loved The People on Platform 5 even more than The Authenticity Project - it's glorious ― Eva Carter

This book is bursting with the kindness of strangers, and 
I was bursting with hope by the end of it ― Jenny Bayliss

Clare Pooley is the queen of feel-good fiction. She takes relatable situations and characters and somehow makes them magical. The People of Platform 5 is funny, tender and true-to-life while also being thought-provoking. It was magnificent and a joy to read ― Phaedra Patrick

The People on Platform 5 is nothing short of sheer and utter delight. It presents the best of humanity - the sweet and bashful kindness and generosity that lives in all of us. I can't think of a more joyful book! ― Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A For Aunties

Heartwarming, funny, a delicious dive into the profound and ridiculous modern world in which we live. Clare Pooley reminds us why we need each other ― Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author

Pooley delivers not only acerbic, enchanting Iona but a compelling, tangled cast of quirky, complicated characters so engaging, it's enough to make you miss crowded commuter trains ― 
Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author

feel-good ensemble story will bring joy to readers who loved Anxious People and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine-not to mention fans of quirky London-set fare such as Ted Lasso...a warm, fun pick-me-up of a book ― Mary Laura Philpott

Clare Pooley has found a delightful way to bring home the point that we need each other ― 
Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author

Leaving you with that fuzzy feeling you want from a feel-good book ― Woman & Home

Entertaining and uplifting ― Good Housekeeping

Filled with delightful characters... this heart-warming book explores relationships and the dilemmas of everyday life ― Candis

Tackling many relevant issues, it's a heart-warming read ― 

Poignant, totally joyful, this is a great read ― Fabulous

A feel-good read, with great characters to care about, it takes current issues seriously but adds plenty of humour ― Choice

[It leaves] the reader with that fuzzy feeling you want from a feel-good book. Fans of her previous hit, The Authenticity Project, will not be disappointed ― Woman's Weekly

A feel-good tale about the power of real-life connections ― Sun

You can always rely on Pooley to deliver not just wonderful, lively characters but a story that leaves you feeling uplifted and hopeful ― CultureFly

Product Details

Title: The People on Platform 5
Author: Clare Pooley
Publisher: Penguin
SKU: BK0475068
EAN: 9781804990971
Number Of Pages: 368 pages
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Release date: 13 April 2023

About Author

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising, before becoming a full-time writer. Clare's dark but hilarious memoir, The Sober Diaries, has helped thousands of people around the world to quit drinking. The Authenticity Project, Clare's debut novel, was a BBC Radio 2 bookclub pick, a New York Times bestseller, the winner of the RNA debut novel award and a Babelio award. It's been translated into 29 languages. The People on Platform 5 is Clare's second novel, inspired by her fascination with inventing stories about her fellow passengers on her commute to work. Clare lives in Fulham, London with her husband, three children and two border terriers.

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