• The Golden Rule

  • Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021
  • By: Amanda Craig
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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The Golden Rule

By: Amanda Craig
Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
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Publisher's summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021

A Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Mail and Financial Times Best Book of 2020 Pick

When Hannah is invited into the First-Class carriage of the London to Penzance train by Jinni, she walks into a spider's web. Now a poor young single mother, Hannah once escaped Cornwall to go to university. But once she married Jake and had his child, her dreams were crushed into bitter disillusion. Her husband has left her for Eve, rich and childless, and Hannah has been surviving by becoming a cleaner in London. Jinni is equally angry and bitter, and in the course of their journey the two women agree to murder each other's husbands. After all, they are strangers on a train - who could possibly connect them? 

But when Hannah goes to Jinni's husband's home the next night, she finds Stan, a huge, hairy, ugly drunk who has his own problems - not least the care of a half-ruined house and garden. He claims Jinni is a very different person to the one who has persuaded Hannah to commit a terrible crime. Who is telling the truth - and who is the real victim?

©2020 Amanda Craig (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A highly enjoyable story about female resilience and finding fulfilment on your own terms." (Sunday Times)

"An irresistible summer read." (Guardian Book of the Day)

"A typically sharp and hugely satisfying page-turner." (Daily Mail)

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I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this. According to the blurb you think Strangers on a Train... think again. I felt it was more fairy tale like with lots of political commentary, social commentary which I had no problem with. The author addressed different perspectives of men and women and culture issues. I think so many things were talked about which our protagonist thinks about in her pain and disappointment.
I loved the descriptions of the beauty of nature and the way we can easily wrongly judge people based on first impressions.
Well done.

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