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Last Call for the Dining Car: The Telegraph Book of Great Railway Journeys (Hardback)Michael E. Kerr (editor)
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Ever since Paul Theroux embarked in London on the first train of his Great Railway Bazaar, railways have been a rich source for the best travel writing.
This is truer than ever in the twenty-first century. As the environmental implications of relentless air travel cast an ominous shadow over the prospect of foreign adventure, the opportunity to jump on a train at St Pancras and be whisked straight to the continent offers a wonderful alternative. Train travel has assumed a new pragmatic importance as well as romance - which is no doubt why so many more tour companies are offering a great train ride as part of their holiday itineraries.
Now, Michael Kerr, the Telegraph' s deputy Travel Editor, has burrowed deep in the newspaper' s archives and collected together the very best of its writings about the railway: here are journeys non-stop from London to Vladivostok; across the Canadian Rockies; the first train to traverse Australia from Darwin to Alice Springs; and on the teeming, crawling, travelling adventure of Indian railways. In scenes much more familiar to the British commuter, Boris Johnson discovers his " inner McEnroe" thanks to signal failure in the Midlands, and Michael Palin samples the delights of British Rail Inter-City.
This is an anthology that will appeal to the railway buff and the armchair traveller alike; to anyone who has ever Inter-railed in their youth and everyone nostalgic for the days when the only way to cross a continent was by train.
Publisher: Aurum Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 38 mm
`It's hard to imagine a better anthology of this much-loved travel genre'
`Endlessly enjoyable anthology of articles...sit back, slow down and relish' *****
`These tales of great journeys of the world make entertaining reading'
` It' s hard to imagine a better anthology of this much-loved travel genre'
` Endlessly enjoyable anthology of articles... sit back, slow down and relish' *****
` These tales of great journeys of the world make entertaining reading'
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