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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better


The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic, Benjamin Wood writes a novel of exceptional force and beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, about the invention and reconciliation of self – weaving a haunting story of violence and love.

For 20 years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace.

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. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran’s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son’s life.

© Nicholas Wood

Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in the north-west of England. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel The Bellwether Revivals. His second novel is The Ecliptic.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK (June 28, 2018)
  • Runtime: 9 hours and 43 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781471176043

‘Wood takes the passing, shabby details of mundane landscapes and makes them jitter and throb with yearning and menace. A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better is his best work yet - a novel written from the gut, and with a correspondingly visceral power. A superbly unsettling account of trauma and cautious recovery’ 

– Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests

 ‘Tenderly dissecting the limits of love between parent and child while wriggling with a rich, thrilling tension, this palpably atmospheric story found its way beneath my skin and now lives there. Tell anyone who’ll listen, Benjamin Wood is one of the best novelists in Britain’

– David Whitehouse, author of Mobile Library

‘A shocking account of extreme violence and its complicated after-effects. It is a vivid and unsettling novel filled with surprises and insights’ 

– Ian McGuire, author of The North Water

'A heart-breaking and heart-stopping new novel; a dark Northern noir that moves at breakneck speed but never fails to be tender and vulnerable as well as visceral and terrifying'

– Andrew McMillan

'A novelist to watch' 

– The Times

'A resounding achievement . . . Rich, beautiful and written by an author of great depth and resource' 

– Edward Docx on The Ecliptic, Guardian

'Full of suspense and beautifully written, superbly imagined and constructed . . . A terrifically gripping and playful book'

– Sunday Times on The Ecliptic

'Exhilarating, earthy, cerebral, frank and unflinching . . . A masterfully paced and suspenseful read'

– Independent on The Ecliptic

'A rich, intricate and layered work' 

– Observer on The Ecliptic

'Haunts the imagination long after the final page' 

– Independent on Sunday on The Ecliptic

'A gorgeous and harrowing work' 

– Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, on The Ecliptic

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