Ashley Hay The Railwayman's Wife two Roads BooksTHE RAILWAYMAN’S WIFE

‘A true book of wonders’ Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Year of Wonders

‘Lovely, absorbing, and uplifting’ M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans

‘This is a book in which grief and love are so entwined they make a new and wonderful kind of sense’ Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest

Australia, 1948.

Anikka Lachlan has all she ever wanted – until a random act transforms her into another post-war widow. Awash in grief, she looks for answers in the pages of her favourite books.

A local poet, Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. His childhood friend Dr. Frank Draper also seeks to reclaim his pre-war life but is haunted by his failure to help those who needed him most – the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.

Then one day, on the mantle of her sitting room, Ani finds a poem. She knows neither where it came from, nor who its author is. An unexpected and poignant love triangle emerges, between Ani, the poem, and the poet – whoever he may be.


A HUNDRED SMALL LESSONSAshley Hay A Hundred Small Lessons Two Roads Books

A novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives.

When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life-the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning – her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death.

Through the richly intertwined narratives of these two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her lyrical prose, poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human.




Ashley Hay Two Roads BooksAshley Hay is the internationally acclaimed author of the novels The Body in the CloudsThe Railwayman’s Wife and A Hundred Small Lessons.

The Railwayman’s Wife was honoured with the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, among numerous other accolades. 

She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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