They spread across Europe, as Martin relates, to peak in the mid-1930s with an extraordinary 806 sleeping carriages and 661 dining cars, However, sleepers have now become an endangered species, under increasing threat from cheaper air travel and ever faster daytime trains. Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used night trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence against a rolling background of dramatic landscapes. When you place an order, we will obtain your copy direct from the trade distributors and fulfill your order as soon as possible. This is no simple matter. In spite of both of those facts, it is an enjoyable read for the railway enthusiast but no more. This is the first non-fiction book by Andrew Martin I have read. Good: A book that has been read but is in good condition.
I would not read it again even if I were in solitary confinement for a week. Brexit will hardly help us, though it is heartening that we have two surviving services, serving Cornwall and Scotland, and the latter is about to receive a complete new set of modern carriages. Andrew Martin is the best sort of travel-writer: inquisitive, knowledgeable, lively, congenial. Every page has a good joke. The author is a son of a railwayman and hails from York, Britain's railway capital and is, perhaps, best known as the man who wrote a series of entertaining detective stories which have a railway background. Have the days of glamourous travel final vanished? In Night Trains, Andrew Martin attempts to relive the golden age of the great European sleeper trains by using their modern-day equivalents. Martin is gloomy about the future of the sleeper train, but the book led me to start wistfully googling European sleeper train journeys and it looks as though there are still plenty out there for us to choose from! Who cares if they're five times the cost? I was interested to learn that in From Russia With Love, James Bond reads Eric Ambler's The Mask Of Dimitrios, a book I've recently finished myself and is apparently a classic but I loathed it.
By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself. In trying to recreate these journeys Martin encounters intriguing characters and some of his anecdotes are highly amusing. That is the key these historic trains needed cross border co-operation and national agreements. Profile Books; 248 pages; £14. To kick off, he takes the famous Blue Train from Paris to the French Riviera. Greene apparently commented in his autobiography that he could however personally vouch for the accuracy of the early section describing the allotments of Brussels! Hopefully the trains will return some day soon and reflect a peace in our Continent.
Too bizarre, extreme and unlikely to exist in the pages of fiction, The Rise, The Fall and The Rise could only exist in the pages of a memoir. . There was a porcelain seasickness bowl in every compartment, and luggage was secured in a net. The reader joins him on a train to Munich, where he eats a tuna sandwich on board. Martin uncovers modern instances of European unity - and otherwise - as he traverses the continent during 'interesting times', with Brexit looming. Read his story and you may be inspired to try some of the surviving night train services, or try something else completely. Martin writes in a Bill Bryson-ish way, although he's not nearly so funny, and not as many amusing things happen to him - or maybe Bryson makes them up, something I absolutely don't need to know if that's the case! Brilliantly conceived, The Martian Girl is a dazzling thriller that will get inside your mind.
I picked up Night Trains knowing that I would be entertained, but also in the hope that his many years of experience would teach me how to sleep on a sleeper. Stresses were very grave, but rather than resorting to arms American citizens yielded to reforms instituted through measures of the New Deal, the hallmark of Roosevelt's presidency. This does involve having to get to some slightly obscure airports at some unearthly hour of the morning, pass through a moderately humiliating security check before winging your way to the sun. If parcels are returned on account of an incorrect shipping address we will contact you to seek the correct address and also ask that you pay a contribution towards posting the parcel to you a second time. Jean, a failing journalist in her late thirties, finds herself entertaining a married man - a handsome, arrogant ex-barrister, universally known by his surname: Coates. By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself.
This book is a delight and will interest anyone in Europe in my opinion as it looks back on our history as well as the future. Even if you're not into the detail of rail gauges, this book is the perfect companion as you wait for the 8. There are hundreds of histories of the Franklin Roosevelt period, but in the main they are mere recitals of events or profiles of characters who participated in them. By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself. Stresses were very grave, but rather than resorting to arms American citizens yielded to reforms instituted through measures of the New Deal, the hallmark of Roosevelt's presidency. Large, bulky or high value orders may be split in to multiple consignments or sent via courier. When placing your order, please ensure that you add the correct full shipping address to your order.
But Martin has nowhere else to go, so he sleeps on the train anyway. The Train Bleu was part of a whole network of trains that crisscrossed Europe with passengers deep asleep to the taga-daga-tagadaga rhythm as their coaches thundered across the tracks. For a postage quotation, please add the items you want to your cart and proceed to the checkout. And as such, it's likeable enough. The reality could often be as thrilling: early British travellers on the Orient Express were advised to carry a revolver as well as a teapot.
And I've read The Notebook! Night Trains is homage to classic long distant journeys by overnight trains. Fulfilled by Amazon items can be identified with an badge. The original sleepers helped break down national barriers and unify the continent. As so often these days, I bought this book because of the cover, which is very pretty. Night trains have long fascinated us with the possibilities of their private sleeping compartments, gilded dining cars, champagne bars and wealthy travellers. Andrew Martin has written several books about railways and in Night Trains his passion for the golden age of European sleeper trains shines through.
By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself. Many are celebrated in fiction from Murder on the Orient Express to Stamboul Train, Agatha Christie to Graham Greene. I almost took this back to the library unread, but am so glad I didn't. This is part travelogue and partly a nostalgic look back at the golden age of night express trains that used to flow back and forwards across Europe. This one hits exactly the right note for me. Dimensions Weight 448 g Width 144 mm Height 222 mm Spine 29 mm Editorial Details Edition Statement Main. A desperate raid of the automatic machines on Strasbourg station yielded only nuts.