Martin Harbottle's Appreciation of Time

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Pages: 352
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Martin Harbottle's Appreciation of Time

Dominic Utton

Don't get mad, get even.


The funny, heartfelt and engrossing story of one man's attempt to take a stand on behalf of all commuters.
9781780743721 (2 Jan 2014)
RRP £8.99 / US$15.99

The Book

Dan's got a new job. But he's moved out of town in order to start a family and has been commuting into London every day. After fourteen months of the trains either making him late for work or late getting home, he's had enough and decides it's high time that Martin Harbottle, the Managing Director of Premier Westward trains, heard about it.

As it turns out, Dan has plenty of time to fill and a lot to say: his work for the troubled paper recently caught up in allegations of 'unethical practices', his rocky marriage and the struggle to adjust to new parenthood. Before long, his forthright opinions on just about everything find their way into his emails. But when Martin begins to respond, a hilarious - and extraordinary - correspondence begins.


Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Dominic Utton is a journalist who has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, News of the World, Sun, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Maxim and Zoo. His blog of letters to the Managing Director of First Great Western received more than 113,000 hits. He lives in Oxford with his family and commutes to London five days a week.


‘The world's commuters have finally got their own latter-day Updike’ 

- Irish Independent

'The compellingly hilarious, heartfelt tale of a man trying to stay on the right tracks. Every carriage should have a copy' 5/5 stars

- The Daily Express

‘Fun, whimsical and yet also cutting and sharp'

- New Books

‘Unexpected and amusing… very entertaining'

- The Lady