A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

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Full of drama and emotion, and a lot of bad behaviour, Daniel soon begins to realise that the end of the journey will not be what was promised but he is powerless to stop the wheels once they have been set in motion. The book starts off like any family drama, a steady rise in tension showing the aftermath of a family break-up. It's similar in theme to his others, but it possibly the best yet with its tightly crafted plotline and convincing characters. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Towards the end, all grown up and contemplating fatherhood, Daniel unearths a motto from Sophocles passed on from his mother: “The small man lives his life outside disaster.

When we meet Fran it is 1995 and he has come to fetch his son, Daniel, for a planned excursion to the television studio near Leeds where the boy’s favourite sci-fi series is filmed. For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has lived with the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo. This book had a gripping first half; the build up to the major incident was packed with suspense and tight writing, and although slow moving, this rammed up the intensity and urged me to read on.

Exploring the bond between father and son and the persistent, purifying power of childhood trauma, A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better is an unsettling, evocative story of self-acceptance and reconciliation.

I imagined it would be about a twelve-year-old boys assent into manhood, where he learnt the facts of growing up when he took a trip in1995 with his estranged father. Contrary to expectations, he appears on time and they go, sticking the first part of the book "The Sorceress" in the cassette player. One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis – a character of ‘two weathers’, of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity – set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better brilliantly reveals the process that leads up to that turn.

A story of a boy who was eager to form a bond with his rolling-stone dad; what he didn't know is that this bond would ruin his life forever. W]e soon find out in this chilling and haunting portrayal about violence and love, some emotional scars cannot be undone. In his early forties, he’s moved from the north-west of England to the south-east, where he lives with his family. The narrative is subtle and gradually reveals the relationship between father and son, and between the other characters. He’s thrown himself into his studies, gone to LSE, ended up on Wall Street, loves a girl who understands him, marries her.

Without spoiling anything, the book trudges along until it explodes halfway and brings you upon a scene of devastation and the aftermath can only be lived on through the mind. For the first hundred or so pages, I was convinced that this would be a highly rated book for me, but the lacklustre second half ultimately held it back. There’s a bit of heavy-handed retrospection as they drive away: “That was the last time I saw her,” Daniel tells us, narrating from the future.

He was so serene it chilled me, as though this was his resting state, his factory setting, to be unburdened of the people he was meant to care about, each slow-grown relationship, each held aspiration, each great and small responsibility that makes a life worth living.

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