London Etiquette - Katy Mahmood
Set on 18th November 1987, this short story features one of the most tragic moments in the history of the Tube. Bakerloo opens at Kilburn station and is narrated by William, an old man, and Anjoum, a young student. Over the course of a day we see their lives intersect and overlap, until they finally meet at the now immortalised time of 7.40pm, on the escalator at Kings Cross station.
Katy Mahood was born in 1978 and studied at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in publishing, she went on to work in marketing, most recently for the cancer charity Maggie’s. She has contributed to a number of publications on architecture and health and writes a blog which features occasional poetry and short fiction. After many years in London she now lives in Bristol with her husband and two children. Entanglement is her first novel and opens and closes at Paddington station. It was flagged by The Observer as a debut to watch this year.
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