The Red Arrow review: A compelling read about depression and physics

The physics in this meandering but engrossing novel adds flavour rather than substance, with the focus more on mental health

Humans 1 June 2022

View from the window of the train

The Red Arrow takes place on a train – with the odd metaphysical detour

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The Red Arrow

William Brewer

John Murray

DAYDREAMERS often love train journeys. When it comes to navigating a maze of fancy and reflection while hurtling at high speed from A to B, few do it with such deft eloquence as William Brewer’s introspective protagonist in The Red Arrow.

The novel is named after the train Frecciarossa, on which the protagonist is travelling for the whole course of the novel, although most of the time his mind is …

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