The Last Train to London

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6.6 X 1.5 X 9.2 inches | 1.36 pounds

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About the Author

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels, including The Race for Paris, which received the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction Honorary Mention; The Wednesday Sisters; and The Language of Light, which was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan and its law school, she lives in Palo Alto, California. She can be found online at, on Facebook at, and @megwclayton on Twitter.


"Enlightening, meticulously researched ... Clayton's story of the remarkable woman, known as Tante Truus, is enriched by a compelling cast of fictional characters."--Booklist (starred review)
"With its well-developed characters and race-against-the-clock plot, this fantastic novel should have broad appeal, especially with fans of historical fiction and thrillers."--Library Journal (starred review)
โ€œThe Last Train to London is painful and beautiful, absorbing and unforgettable. A wonderful tribute to courage, to a remarkable woman, to the ones she saved, and the ones she could not. Recommend this book to anyone who thinks no single person can make a difference.โ€----Karen Joy Fowler, author of the USA Today Bestseller We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
โ€œThe Last Train to London is an absolutely fascinating, beautifully rendered story of love, loss, and heroism in the dark days leading up to World War II. Clayton perfectly captures the tension and heartbreak of the times, which feel so relevant today. It is a glowing portrait of women rising up against impossible odds to save children.โ€----Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale
โ€œWhat a delight it was to read this brilliant telling of the Kindertransport, a novel threaded with compassion, hope and love. Thank you, Meg Waite Clayton for reminding us of what can happen when good people conspire against evil.โ€----Heather Morris, #1 bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
โ€œThe Last Train to London is a rare thing: intellectually provocative and emotionally moving in equal measure. What a fine tribute to the victims and survivors of the Nazis' early terrors, and to the woman who at great personal risk and sacrifice subverted Hitler's will. Everyone should read this timely, gorgeous novel.โ€----Therese Anne Fowler, bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
โ€œThis is a standout historical fiction that serves as a chilling reminder of how insidious, pervasive evil can gradually seep into everyday lives.โ€--Publishers Weekly
โ€œRiveting ... Clayton makes vivid Truus's courage and resourcefulness in the face of growing danger as borders close throughout Europe.โ€--BBC
โ€œThe Last Train to London ... glimmers with hope: the heroism of everyday people putting their own comfortable lives in jeopardy to help others.โ€--BookPage
โ€œan engrossing, heart-wrenching, and inspiring account of ordinary people making life-and-death choice in the darkest of times.โ€--Jerusalem Post
โ€œThe Last Train to London,โ€ an excellent new novel ... clearly the product of prodigious historical research ... serves as a reminder that even in dangerous times, every person can make a difference ... Ultimately, this historical novel offers great insight into the inspiring humanity of those who opposed the Nazis; Clayton brings Tante Truus to life at a timely moment when cruelty is once again on the march.โ€--San Francisco Examiner
"Heartfelt and mesmerizing...takes the reader on an unforgettable journey...If you like books set in World War II featuring complex, courageous female protagonists who were ahead of their time, this book should earn a place at the top of the list."--Historical Novels Review