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Jackie Carreira


Jackie Carreira is a multi award-winning novelist, playwright and musician. British born of Portuguese parents, Jackie spent her childhood between Hackney in East London and the Old Quarter of Lisbon. These noisy, colourful places are responsible for her fascination with people-watching, and have inspired much of her writing. After failing miserably to work in advertising, Jackie accidentally became a professional musician and spent 12 years travelling the world with her bass guitar before finally being able to afford to go to University. This had been a dream since she left school at 16, and she was the first person in her family to achieve it. She earned a first class Honours Degree in Creative Writing and knew then that words and literature would be the focus for the rest of her life. She moved to Suffolk in 2006, met her future husband, co-founded a theatre company with him, and hasn't stopped writing since. Her plays for theatre have been performed all over the English-speaking world. A third novel is due to be published in late 2024. Jackie and her husband are currently owned by two cats.

Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Short Stories, Poetry, Theatre

What if you can’t stand where you are because there’s nothing there?


What if you don’t want to end up anywhere else in case that’s empty too?


When life has lost its road map, sometimes the only way to get back on track is to get back on the rails. The Seventh Train is a ride - a ‘road movie’ on the railways. It’s a journey that Elizabeth invented; the only original thought she has ever had in her previously uneventful life. Unbeknown to her, she is not travelling alone. If only she’d pretended that the spare seat was taken. With a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters, The Seventh Train takes its passengers on a journey from the tragic to the strange, arriving finally at hope.


By turns heart-breaking, thought-provoking and hilarious, this tale is a life-affirming exploration of the human spirit via the British railway timetable!


“Ingenious, great fun, and wholly original”

Fay Weldon CBE, on The Seventh Train



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