Two men, one nearing the end of his life, the other at an important transition point
in his, set off independently to travel from England to Paris. They are strangers
but their paths cross on the Eurostar train at Waterloo Station. They happen to be
seated next to each other for the three-
Charles is travelling to meet his first love, a Frenchwoman, for the last time. Martin
is hoping to meet a new love. The book explores the background to each man’s journey,
but also has a sub-
Charles had a very successful career at the core of a fast growing company which entailed much international travel. Martin has a job that he does not really like. Both men have attempted to escape the troughs of their lives through alcohol. Charles began drinking to assuage inconsolable losses caused by two near simultaneous events: dismissal from his job as a result of a boardroom conspiracy and the murder of his wife. He is rescued from terminal decline by the unending loyalty of his daughter. He then travels the world as a tourist for the first time in his life and through this enters into a deeply disastrous second marriage from which the only viable escape seems to be his own death. Martin’s life has been more mundane, though not without drama. Drawn into the sadness of his travelling companion’s account, he nonetheless responds to the enviable accounts of Charles’ early life and successful first marriage and begins to see its relevance to his own situation.
Just Crossing is a novel based on an actual incident in the author’s life where two strangers were thrown together by chance for just a few hours.