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Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time

Dominic Utton

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.


  • Publication date: January 2, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780743721
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publication date: January 2, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780743738
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 352


‘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

Dominic Utton

Dominic Utton is a journalist and author of fifteen years’ experience. After going freelance from the Daily and Sunday Express in 2001 he has written for newspapers including the Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, and Mirror, as well as magazines including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Maxim, Zoo, and many more. He lives in Oxford and currently commutes to London six days a week.

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