"If you’re like me, and you enjoy a character that will keep you on the edge of your seat . . . look no further than Michael"
—Louise Phillips, writing.ie
“It’s okay, Michael. It’s all going to be okay. But you have to listen to me. You’ve made a mistake”
A small Greek island. Sun and sea. For Rob and Georgie, on a two-week break, it’s a chance to reconnect, spend some much-needed time together away from their busy, urban lives. For Michael – a shy, introverted man, stranded alone at the same hotel – the holiday is a revelation. And it takes on a very special meaning when Georgie casually befriends him. At the mercy of a powerful fantasy life, and unable to understand his conflicting emotions, Michael’s growing obsessions set in motion a train of events that will have shattering consequences. A taut psychological thriller, Travelling Companion is a study of how ordinary people commit appalling acts, and how horrific actions can grow from the most trivial of misunderstandings.
Virginia Gilbert is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and director in film, television, radio and fiction. Her screenwriting work has been placed on the BritList and she was named as a 'Star of Tomorrow' by Screen International. Her debut feature film as writer-director, A Long Way From Home, starring Brenda Fricker and James Fox, will be released in the UK in 2013. Her short fiction has been published internationally, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1, and her debut collection of stories was shortlisted for the Scott Prize 2011. She cowrote the season finale of Silent Witness (2019). Travelling Companion is her first novel.