Books on Trains

I just realised that the title of this mini-post looks like I am about to talk about books about trains, and I swear I’m not though I do have a train themed question coming for you slightly later on. The reason for todays post is that I will be spending about 8 hours on trains and tubes this weekend as I am off up north again this time to visit my youngest Aunty Alice, her husband (who I have a big bag of books for as he is a mammoth reader too) and my two year old twin cousins. So this gives me the perfect chance for some reading time and so I selected four, yes four – in case of all possible reading errors as mentioned in Back Up Books earlier this week, books for my trip away which are…

  • The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne Du Maurier – I am halfway through and this will be ideal if any of the others don’t quite do the trick (which I am sure they will) and if I finish one of the novels this can be a palate cleanser.
  • Wavewalker by Stella Duffy – I havent followed up on Stella Duffy’s crime series since reading ‘Calendar Girl’ and I swore I would so this has been on my hit list a while and both crime and Stella Duffy tend to do me well so a mix should be ideal.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I need to crack on with this for our discussion on the 26th of this month with ‘Spending Sunday with a Classic’. I always forget how big it is till I actually take it off the shelf.
  • C by Tom McCarthy – One of this years Man Booker contenders and one I think I might struggle with but really want to try so will be cracking (though not literally spine cracking) this one open first and seeing, or c-ing ha, how I get on.

So that is what I should be reading over the weekend (not all of them of course but bits of or a few of), what will you be reading this weekend? How many books do you take a way for a weekend vacation? Oh and trains… I was desperately looking for books which are set on trains and other than the Agatha Christies which I have read I couldnt think of any, can any of you help? I do like the idea of a good train journey to read on a train journey.


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10 responses to “Books on Trains

  1. You could try Edward Marston’s Train detectives series. If you want something train themed. It is a while since I read one, and now I have mentioned it I am off to see what else is out.

    Here is my review from the first book.

  2. ChrissieC

    You have probably heard of David Baldacci who wrote Absolute Power and books along those lines but I came across a book of his called The Christmas Train, it was nothing like his other books.

    I loved this little book, ok it’s set in Christmas time but it’s a lovely story described as –

    Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief… and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

    It made me want to hop on a train and trek across the US 😉 If you haven’t read this and want that feel good read then read this one.

  3. There is a really lovely description of an English train journey in the first couple of chapters of Mariana by Monica Dickens – the whole book does not take place on a train but the description of this early journey has really stuck in my mind. Have a lovely booky weekend


  4. I m reading santa evita tomas eloy marintez and hope to get to finkler question at some point over the weekend all the best stu

  5. I usually take about four with me on weekend trips too, just like you, just in case.

  6. There is a poem called “La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France” by Blaise Cendrars that is all about a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway. An English translation is available here.

    Offhand, I think I recall another lovely description of the Russian rail system in Nabokov’s autobiography, Speak, Memory.

    There’s always Edith Nesbit’s The Railway Children, but I don’t think they ever get to ride the rails themselves…

  7. I have C to read too and also fear I will struggle with it. Interested to hear how you get on.

    Barbara Vine’s King Solomon’s Carpet is set on and around the London Underground. Haven’t read it but heard it’s good.

  8. Not sure if you are fan of non-fiction but I’d suggest:

    The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
    The Great Railway Bazar by Paul Theroux
    The Old Patagonia Express by Paul Theroux

  9. Anna

    There’s Victor Pelevin’s “The Yellow Arrow”, which is set entirely on a train, albeit one of a rather strange sort.

  10. novelinsights

    OOh, I didn’t realise that Calendar Girl had a crime aspect. That might just bump it up my TBR 🙂

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