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April 14, 2021

Alan Johnson’s first work of fiction, The Late Train to Gipsy Hill, has just been announced and will be published by Wildfire this September.

The novel is the story of a young man, Gary Nelson, whose life is turned on its head when, on his commute home, he has a chance encounter with Arina, a young waitress who he has noticed on the train each day but never spoken to. There is so much more to Arina than meets the eye, and when Gary does finally speak to her it sparks a chain of events that leads to him finding himself on the run from Russian secret agents, mobsters and even the Metropolitan Police. The Late Train to Gipsy Hill is a masterful thriller and the start of an exciting new direction for this highly respected writer and former politician.

His Editor says: ‘Alan Johnson has written the perfect thriller. The Late Train to Gipsy Hill will have readers on the edge of their seats from the very first page – but it is also utterly charming, heart-warming and refreshingly original. We are over the moon to be welcoming Alan to the Wildfire list.’  

Alan Johnson says: ‘I’m delighted to be publishing my first thriller with Alex Clarke and his gang at Wildfire. They have such determination and energy, just like the gang that my hero becomes embroiled with on that late train to Gipsy Hill.’


To celebrate the launch of the new novel, Alan will be launching his first newsletter where you can get access to early extracts, audio clips and musings from Alan himself.

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