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  • Published: 21 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241525098
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Train Lord

The astonishing true story of becoming lost and finding yourself again




An arresting memoir about a 10-month migraine, a recovery in Australia, and a job on the railway when there were no other options

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, Oliver began to disappear.

One evening, Oliver googled the only thing he could think of: 'full-time job, no experience, Sydney'. An ad for a train guard appeared. For two years Oliver watched others live their lives, observing the intimacy of strangers brought together briefly and connected by the steady march of time.

Exquisitely written and bravely told, Train Lord is a searingly personal yet hugely relatable book, which asks what happens when your sense of self is suddenly destroyed, and how you get it back.

  • Published: 21 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241525098
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Oliver Mol

Oliver Mol is the author of the critically acclaimed Lion Attack!. He was the inaugural winner of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers as well as the recipient of an Australian Council Grant. In 2020, the stage show of Train Lord proved a runaway success during the Sydney Fringe Season. Oliver grew up dividing his time between Texas and Brisbane and now lives in Sydney.

Praise for Train Lord

A highly intimate and emotional consideration of the relationship between pain, life, and the methods we use to escape both

Adelaide Fringe

Mol's writing is a revelation. Nuanced, at times dryly satirical or melancholy, it is always rich, poetic and intoxicating

Bakehouse Studio

A highly intimate and emotional consideration of the relationship between pain, life, and the methods we use to escape both

ADELAIDE FRINGE

Mol's writing is a revelation. Nuanced, at times dryly satirical or melancholy, it is always rich, poetic and intoxicating

Bakehouse Studio

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