Louise Doughty | 'I thought of Apple Tree Yard as a serious and feminist indictment of the criminal justice system'

Louise Doughty | 'I thought of Apple Tree Yard as a serious and feminist indictment of the criminal justice system'

"I think for a book that’s got an awful lot of death in it, it’s really about love, isn’t it?" muses Louise Doughty near the end of our conversation, which takes place at her publisher’s office in Bloomsbury. We are discussing Doughty’s ninth novel, Platform Seven, which has one of the most riveting first chapters I have read for a long time.

It begins at 4 a.m., Peterborough railway station. The only people around are a security guard and the on-duty customer services manager, and they both fail to notice the bulky middle-aged man who makes his way to the edge of platform seven and throws...

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