Do you remember the moment your life changed forever?
‘Heady, thought provoking and quietly lovely.’
Paddington Station, nine a.m. As the crowds ebb and flow, time suddenly stands still for two people: Fern and Elliott, ex-lovers who parted twenty-five years before and never expected to see each other again.
But here they are, face to face, and the split-second is as striking as when they first met. Their lives have moved on – to marriage, children and divorce – yet neither has stopped regretting the day that drove them apart.
Fern gives Elliott her number and they tentatively arrange to meet again that evening when both will be travelling back through the station.
And, as the day ticks on, and the memories resurface, both Fern and Elliott reflect on the past. As their emotions go round in circles, so does the Paddington clock, counting down the minutes to eight p.m. – and the moment the future is in their hands.
‘Beautifully, vividly, emotionally written, with perfect form and pace.’
Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park
‘A man, a woman, and a ‘what-if’ moment that will give you goose bumps. A genuine contender for the crown of this year’s One Day.’
Louise Candlish, author of The Swimming Pool
It is also available as Tutto Questo Parlare D’Amore (All This Talk of Love) in Italy from Sperling & Kupfer, as Als Gerstern Noch Morgan War (When Yesterday Was Still Tomorrow) in Germany from Verlagasgruppe Droemer Knaur and El Instante in Spain from Roca Editorial.