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The Atmospheric Railway

Fiction Shena Mackay

The train carrying Neville back to Hampshire was formed of ten coaches and was scheduled to divide at Eastleigh, where the front five carriages would proceed to Poole, while the rear five branched off toward the New Forest.

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​Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of two novellas, four collections of short stories, and ten novels. Her novel Dunedin (Vintage) and the collection of short stories, TheLaughing Academy (William Heinemann), both won Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, and the bestselling The Orchard on Fire (Vintage) was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize and the McVitie’s Prize. Her most recent short story collection, The Atmospheric Railway (Jonathan Cape), was published to great critical acclaim in 2008. She lives in Southampton, England.


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