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Train Lord : The Astonishing True Story of One Man’s Journey to Getting His Life Back On Track

Mol, Oliver
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Michael Joseph Ltd)
Published: February 16, 2023
ISBN: 9780241525081
272 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Oliver Mol was a successful, clever, healthy twenty-five-year old. Then one day the migraine started.

For ten months, the pain was constant, exacerbated by writing, reading, using computers, looking at phones or anything with a screen. Slowly he became a writer who could no longer write, and a person who could no longer communicate with the modern world. In literature, and life, Oliver began to disappear.

His doctors couldn’t figure out how to fix him. He suffered a breakdown. And one evening, high on painkillers, Oliver Googled the only thing he could think of: ‘full-time job, no experience, Sydney’. An ad for a train guard appeared and, desperate, Oliver took it.

For two years Oliver watched others live their lives, observing the minutia and intimacy of strangers brought together briefly and connected by the steady march of time.

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