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The Furthest Station

(Rivers of London #5.5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  12,988 ratings  ·  1,129 reviews
There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there's a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police's Special As
ebook, 144 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Orion (first published June 30th 2017)
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Geralyn Lance Hi, Geralyn from SubPress here. All of our books are printed on high-end, collection quality materials. This edition is also signed by the author, and…moreHi, Geralyn from SubPress here. All of our books are printed on high-end, collection quality materials. This edition is also signed by the author, and limited to only 1500 sold, each individually hand-numbered.

Fun fact, the page featuring the signature of Ben Aaronovitch is a map of London, and on a few of these pages he added notes such as "my house is over here".(less)

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A delightful side adventure in the Peter Grant universe. I found myself chuckling, highlighting as a went, enjoying Grant's wry observations of the city and it's denizens.

All the elements that make the series so remarkable, lovable and familiar are here: the humor, the sudden realization that Peter has gotten himself in over his head, references to destroyed landmarks, strange and remarkable Rivers, Molly's sinister looming and her cooking experiments, Toby's reluctance to obey, Peter's inevitab
This is a short novella in the series featuring our intrepid detective, Peter Grant, attached to the Folly, the police unit that deals with all things magical and fantastical in London. Unlike the full length novels with sprawling storylines, this is a more sparse and tightly written affair. It appears there are regular ghostly presences on London's Metropolitan tube line, they are given to invective that is racist, sexist and just generally abusive. However, whilst several rail customers make c ...more
Arc received from Publisher, Subterranean Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have intended to read the Peter Grant series for some time now & and greater motivation than this novella will not be needed.


Ben Aaronovitch seriously knows how to mix THIS:


and THIS


in perfect proportions to get THIS:


And I also owe him a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, which - as I read the book on the metro, albeit not in London, to get as authentic a reading experien
Lois Bujold
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody

Delightful urban-fantasy-mystery-I-(heart)-London novella. (Well, protagonist Peter, and writer Aaronovitch, love London. I find huge crowded cities vaguely appalling, but my idea of the proper distance between neighbors is half a mile.) Something of a side-story to what may be developing as the main novels' story arc, and it's a very good thing that Aaronovitch, and other writers *cough*, now have an economically viable outlet for such nonstandard story lengths. In relation to the rest of its s
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts on the Metropolitan Train Line? Assault on a commuter by a non-existent person? When the British Transport Police Underground Unit is called, the commuter does not recall the incident. Another commuter who was accosted expresses surprise and disbelief at police presence within ten minutes after he called the police. This calls for intervention by the Special Assessment Unit aka The Folly headed by Peter Grant and Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale with an assist from teenage volunteer, ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Normally I tend to skip the novellas and short stories that authors are always tacking onto or in between books of their series, but believe me when I say all bets are off when it comes to Rivers of London. The instant I learned about The Furthest Station, I just knew I had to read it. Chronologically taking place between Foxglove Summer and The Hanging Tree, the story is probably meant to be a fun little side episode to h
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At the end of my write-up for The Hanging, I said something along the line of wanting a break from the faceless man arc and more adventures of Peter doing some magical policing around London. Lo and behold, my request was granted in the form of this novella, or so I like to think. In truth, Ben Aaronovitch must have had this novella planned long before The Hanging Tree finished downloading in my inbox. The announcement just took me by surprise and the brief summary was basically what I asked for ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc
I just love love love this series and the wait between the installments is kind of killing me. So I was super pleased to at least have this novella to read to satisfy my need to spend more time in the wonderful world Ben Aaronovitch has created.

The case at the heart of this book is an increasing number of ghost sightings on the tube. People report seeing them, but soon after that forget to have ever seen them. The ghosts seem to have a message to deliver, but this proves difficult given that peo
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
There had been reports suggesting that there was a ghost on the Metropolitan Line. Which Jaget brought to me, because disruptive phantasmagoria is the responsibility of the Special Assessment Unit, otherwise known as the Folly, otherwise known as "those weird bleeders."

I've missed Peter Grant and his unit of 'weird bleeders', so I dug in happily into this bonus novella, until I can get my hands on the latest official novel in the Rivers of London series. As an added bonus, this is the first ep
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Ben Aaronovitch teases us with a novella in between novels.

Listed as “Peter Grant 5.5” this novella was first published in June 2017 and is sort of between Foxglove Summer and The Hanging Tree, but is really more of a standalone like the graphic novels.


This one is about ghosts and what better place on earth to write about ghosts and the historically departed than in and around London and by Ben Aaronovitch as he continues his FREAKING AWESOME! urban fantasy series.

Like the rest of his pa
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2018-12: Since I had to wait for an audio hold to come in, I decided to listen to this book, because it's always a good time to spend time with Peter Grant and the others who get involved in each new case. And while I really enjoyed reading this, I loved what Kobna Holdbrook-Smith brings to the text, so it's safe to say that I loved this read through.

Trainspotter, ghost tracker, budding detective and excellent Latin student (just ask Postmartin), and all-round nosey younger cousin Abigai
Caro the Helmet Lady
I had a huge problem with this one. Yuuuuuge problem. Why it had to be so short?? Not to say I didn't enjoy it, I did as always. But why so short? Oh well. Anyway, it had everything that I love about Peter Grant novels. And if you ask me, no, I don't miss Lesley. :P ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ghosty novella but just made me want the next novelmore. And a long wait too!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Entertaining, intriguing and just great! 😏
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it

Love the series and love the audio of these but I couldn’t justify a credit on a 3hr short story (I also struggle with short stories!) so I picked this up from the library. I should have stumped up the credit.

The audio is what makes this series for me so I was always on the back foot here but once I got past that then I enjoyed this for what it is. A nice addition to the series without ever blowing the series wide open. Looking forward to getting into the next one and seeing where things go
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a Peter Grant novella wich means it's a fun and a fast read. If you're a fan it's a required read :)

Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
This novella is number 5.7 in the Peter Grant series. This book doesn't further the themes that are developing in the series so it's not necessary to have read all of the previous books. However you'll probably enjoy this one a lot more if you've read at least "Rivers of London". In this book, ghosts have begun interacting with passengers on the Metropolitan Line and the Special Assessment unit (the Folly) of the London police has been called in to investigate. It turns out that the ghosts have ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Weird bollocks is happening on the Metropolitan Underground line. People are being harrassed by ghosts of people past. Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale, Abigail Kamara, and Jaget Kumar sally forth to de-weird the bollocks.

This novella is delightful and funny. It gives us an update on Abigail's progress at the Folly, and also gives us some lovely backstory for Jaget.

I am old enough to remember when books of this length were called novels, not novellas, so I wasn't worried by the length. I have see
Milda Page Runner
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So Happy I still have one more book to go. Yum!
On to the next one!
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
Fun but with another premature ending.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished a non audiobook book for the first time in weeks!! I am officially finally not super stressed out. 😁👍 Anyway, this is the usual ROL book: funny, a good amount of cute Nightingale moments, and I definitely didn't follow along with the mystery aspect fully..... Thank god I don't actually read these books for the mystery, cuz I don't think I followed a single one's mystery fully since book 1 😂😂 ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love this series. This continues myove for it. Very short at 120 pages or so, which makes it a novella. The story isnt as grand as the other novels, as the plot is more self contained and minimalist in its structure. We get exposed to more of the world with respect to ghosts, Abigail and a few other characters. The witty writing is still present, but I didnt find it as exciting as the main novelisations. Maybe because it was shorter, the grandness had to be toned down. Cant wait for mor ...more
Alex Cantone
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, fantasy
We popped out of the station and around the corner to a dubious fried chicken stroke internet café where we could look dodgy and technological without drawing adverse attention...

The Furthest Station (Rivers of London #5.5), is another entertaining – this one novella-length – journey into past/present of the London Underground with DC Peter Grant, apprentice wizard to DI Nightingale of the Folly.

Before the Folly became a de facto branch of the Metropolitan was a combination Gentleme
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I will admit I am not sure of the pedigree of this book - if it was written for a special event or just Mr Aaronovitch decided that the story didn't warrant a full length book I am not sure but this short book (its about 120 pages) makes for an interesting interlude between the major books.

Now without giving away anything from the series this book is set after Foxglove Summer but makes only glancing references to it - so glancing in fact that it almost felt like they were not recognised. This d
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
have enjoyed this series of books and the current novella doesn't disappoint in the further adventures of peter grant ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts on the Metropolitan Line. I wasn‘t all that interested in this novella, I mainly got it to listen to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Kobna delivered, but so did Ben Aaronovitch and Peter Grant.

There was humour, there was non-plussed Peter and creepy Molly, curious Abigail and suave Nigthingale. The story was good, if not terribly exciting or overly suspenseful. I had a few laughs and enjoyed the ride.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reliably entertaining and likeable as ever. (And Aaronovitch continues to write about ten times as much positive and mostly-realistic BAME characterisation as compared with the average white British author.)

In a way this is actually better than the full-length novels in the series, because there is zero padding, little in the way of sub-plot, and the case is cleared up within two or three days - as statistically many serious cases are, rather than turning into the sort of protracted investigati
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2017
There have always been apparitions on the tube, faces on the other side of the window alongside yours, momentary glimpses into another world were enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Just recently, however, there has been a proliferation of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these spirits are really starting to scare people. The only people in the Metropolitan Police that can deal with this are the Special Assessment Unit a.k.a. The Folly, so Peter Grant is despatched ...more
Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 30th June 2017

This novella joins Peter Grant and (some of) the usual suspects for a new investigation. Present: Peter, Abigail, Nightingale, Jaget, and briefly, Beverley. I was a bit thrown by the total absence of any mention at all of Leslie; it feels like it’s set in some weird time bubble where there’s nothing going on with her at all, where she didn’t even exist. I don’t know if it’s set before or after The Hanging Tree, which I haven’t read
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very strong novella that progresses some of the other characters quite well and sees Peter back to his best wit and cheek.
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Ben Aaronovitch's career started with a bang writing for Doctor Who, subsided in the middle and then, as is traditional, a third act resurgence with the bestselling Rivers of London series.

Born and raised in London he says that he'll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.

Other books in the series

Rivers of London (8 books)
  • Rivers of London (Rivers of London, #1)
  • Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London, #2)
  • Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London, #3)
  • Broken Homes (Rivers of London, #4)
  • Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London, #5)
  • The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London, #6)
  • Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London, #7)
  • False Value (Rivers of London, #8)

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