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one moment one morningThe International Bestseller

Sometimes, one moment is all it takes to change a life forever.

The Brighton to London line. The 07:44 train. Carriages packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl puts on her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife’s hand. Further along, another woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes. A man collapses, the train is stopped, an ambulance called. And for three passengers that particular morning, life will never be the same again.

There’s Lou, in an adjacent seat, who witnesses events first hand. Anna, who’s sitting further up the train, impatient to get to work. And Karen, the man’s wife.

Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, secrets and lies, family and – above all – friendship. Memorable and moving, gripping the reader from the very first page, it’s a stark reminder that sometimes, one moment is all it takes to shatter everything. Yet it also reminds us that somehow, despite it all, life can and does go on.

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Available in paperback and ebook

Now out complete and unabridged as an audio book


'A real page-turner . . . You'll want to inhale it in one breath.' - Easy Living

'Rayner skilfully lays bare a story of loss, secrets and lies, family and the enduring friendships between women - life affirming and insightful.' - New Books Magazine

'An intimate, thoughtful novel celebrating women's friendship and loyalty.' - Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'Touching, insightful, this is a story that will stay with you.' - Take a Break Fiction Feast

There are further reviews in our Press Section


  One Moment, One Morning


International Editions


Picador (UK) in 2010
AudioGo (UK) 2012
Der Club (Germany) 2009
Rowohlt (Germany) 2010
House of Books (Netherlands) 2011
St Martin’s Press (US) 2012
Michel Lafon (France) 2013
Ugo Guanda (Italy) 2012
Vega Forlag AS (Norway) 2012
Everight (China) 2013

Plus Croatia, Serbia and Brazil currently in negotiation


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