Val Ormrod

The Last Train is the tale of two sisters who go to Italy for a short holiday that I would like to have had the opportunity to experience with my own sister. Writing it was quite poignant for me as my sister was afflicted in the same way and at the same age as the character Marianne in this story. Although I have been fortunate enough to visit all the places mentioned, my sister did not accompany me, so the rest of the story is complete fiction, including the ending.


An earlier version of this story was first published in Writing magazine in September 2015.