Platform Seven

PLATFORM SEVEN is out now from Faber & Faber UK.  Order here.

Download a free sample of PLATFORM SEVEN here.

Platform Seven at 4am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he’s alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic – he’s as far away from the night staff as he can get. What the man doesn’t realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge.

Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months – surely they’re connected?  

No-one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die . . .

For details of Louise Doughty’s UK book tour to promote Platform Seven, see below.

Reviews so far…

‘Highly literary, by turns tragic and redemptive and gloriously strange, it’s a wonderful book: both a warning and a well-crafted, pacy arc of cause and effect.’ Financial Times

‘A quirky and emotional combination of ghost story and psychological thriller… this sensitive story also addresses loneliness and grief – but ultimately delivers a message of hope. A powerful book that will haunt you in the very best way.’ Sunday Mirror

‘One of Doughty’s successes in this novel is examining characters with ostensibly quite ordinary existences and imbuing their lives with complexity and yearning…although Platform Seven covers bleak territory, this is a hopeful novel.’ The Times

‘Doughty is known for her terse, intelligent explorations of the darker corners of the human psyche… [and] paints a claustrophobic and believable portrait of a controlling relationship. I also love her evocation of place and character; each member of staff at the station has a backstory, creating a complex web of human relationships… never less than chillingly precise.’ The Guardian

‘A gripping psychological thriller… a haunting read in more ways than one.’ Daily Express

‘Nothing could be more gripping than the story of how Lisa initially tries to explain away Matty’s weirdness to herself and then, as the situation escalates, she makes brave but hopeless attempts to escape the relationship… the book becomes unputdownable and finally very moving.’ Sunday Express

‘A scarily plausible story of emotional abuse and coercive control…it is, finally, desperately moving.’ The Observer

‘A page-turning thriller… for a novel full of death, it’s incredibly uplifting.’ Radio Times

‘Doughty excels at naturalistic, bantering dialogue… yet the grimness is skilfully leavened, with the various plot strands ultimately resolving into a powerfully moving mediation on the nature of love.’ Daily Mail

‘A tale of love and redemption told with careful, incisive writing in a genre that’s totally unexpected. The perfect thriller that’ll grab your attention and keep it there with twists, turns and revelations.’ Stylist magazine

‘From the author of Apple Tree Yard comes a thriller unlike anything I’ve read before… it’s gripping.’ Good Housekeeping ‘Louise Doughty specializes in novels that read like exciting thrillers – partly, I suppose, because they are – but that also delve deep into the mysterious business of human relationships… how beautifully Doughty can time a story, drip-feeding us the information we need with tantalizing skill, while somehow making it feel both shocking and utterly inevitable. And just in case that’s not enough, the book also contains one of the great villains of recent fiction.’ Reader’s Digest

‘Here is a wise writer, unafraid to look at the harm people wreak, but one who also believes in the power of kindness.’ Country Life ‘Doughty has a knack for dissecting the dark side of intimate relationships… Doughty nails it; as domestic noir goes, it’s top stuff.’ Evening Standard

‘Utterly mesmerizing, with the pace of a thriller and a sense of profound mystery in the most ordinary of settings. I was hooked from its start to its nerve-wracking, surprising finish.’ Deborah Moggach

‘Really powerful storytelling that got inside me in the best way.’ Gillian Slovo

‘I would read a telephone directory if Louise Doughty wrote it… A beautifully constructed novel about love of all kinds. A joy from the first page to the last.’ Clare Mackintosh

‘What a gripping work this is: a hybrid of ghost story, whodunit and thriller which opens out into a deeply moving meditation on love, loss and humanity.’ Patrick Gale

‘Profoundly moving, with a blistering depiction of an abusive relationship.’ Best

‘Part ghost story, part whodunit and a blistering account of a coercive relationship, Platform Seven is unlike any other thriller I’ve read.’ Red

‘Both profoundly moving and utterly terrifying. I read this in one sitting and know it will stay in my mind for a very long time.’ Emma Flint

‘Doughty has the ability to unsettle her readers at the same time as creating real emotional attachment to her characters…Narration by a ghost is always a risky trick that could come across gimmicky, but Doughty pulls it off with aplomb.’ i paper

‘Doughty’s evocative writing encapsulates both sinister darkness and a sense of calm.’ Woman’s Weekly

‘You’ll read this in one sitting.’ Press Association

Platform Seven

UK tour 2019

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST
Edinburgh, 1.4Spm
Edinburgh Book Festival
edbookfest.co.uk

FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST
Suffolk, 5pm
Primadonna Festival
primadonnafestival.com

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Norwich, 2-3pm
Noirwich
noirwich.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Chorleywood,7.4Spm
Chorleywood Memorial Hall
chilternbookshops.co.uk

THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Ely,7.30pm
Toppings Ely
topping books.co.uk

SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
Appledore, 3pm
Appledore Book Festival
appledorebookfestival.co.uk

MONDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
Hillingdon,7.30pm
Culture Bites Festival
hiIIingdontheatres.uk

THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Bath, 7.4Spm
Toppings Bath
toppingbooks.co.uk

SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Durham, 12pm
Durham Book Festival
durhambookfestival.com

SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Cheltenham, 6.30pm
Cheltenham Book Festival
cheltenhamfestivals.com

MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER
Wimbledon,7pm
Wimbledon Book Festival
wimbledonbookfest.org

FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER
Isle of Wight, 3.10pm
Isle of Wight Literary Festival
isleofwightliteraryfestival.com

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Kentish Town London, 6.30pm
The Owl Bookshop
owlbookshop.co.uk

SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER
Sheffield, 2pm
Off the Shelf Festival of Words
offtheshelf.org.uk

TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER
London, 7.4Spm
South bank London Literature Festival
southbankcentre.co.uk

SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER
Calderdale, time TBC
todmordenbookfestival.co.uk

SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
Dulwich, 4.30pm
Dulwich Literary Festival
dulwichliteraryfestival.co.uk

THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
Leeds, 11.4Sam
Gliterary Lunch
gliterarylunches.com

SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
Canary Wharf,
1pm Ideas Store
ideastore.co.uk

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
Cambridge, 2.30 pm
Cambridge Literary Festival
cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

For full information, please visit festival websites