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Remote Britain

Landscape, people and books

Remote Britain relishes the ever-changing great landscapes of this fascinating island and the people who grow out of them. And the constant surprises. Who realises how sharp are the contrasts to be found within the Isles of Scilly or the Isle of Wight, how remote it is possible to feel in Essex, or how extraordinary is ‘Yorkshire’s teardrop’, Spurn Point, way out in the Humber estuary?

As in his acclaimed Journey Through Britain to which this is a worthy successor, Mr Thomas finds remains of railways and even active steam trains in the most unlikely of places, stays in hotels to fall in love with or to hate, and is never short of people to express their own views, as he does colourfully himself in chapters such as In the Footsteps of the Queen Mother.

Here is a book to dip into, savour and refer to many times.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 234 x 153 mm | 536 Pages + 16 Pages of Colour Photographs |

Railway Season

Celebrate the days when trains were trains, individual expresses had their own character, serving their passengers in style in the restaurant car, and connecting services ran over picturesque branch lines that were a very part of the countryside they served. Railway Season captures all our railway yesterdays with panache.

This is indeed a railway book like no other, a portfolio of word portraits by an enthusiast who knows his subject intimately and is never at a loss for a telling example.

Though this is not specifically a book about the countryside, inevitably it looms large since even intercity trains run through it, as demonstrated in the chapter ‘A country journey like no other’, which also emphasises the author’s West Country background. But whatever your interest in railways and wherever your favourite part of the countryside, there is much here for you. The chapter on railways for pleasure perhaps sums it all up.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Cased and Jacket | 195 x 135 mm | 192 Pages |

Farewell to Trains

David St John Thomas is Britain’s one-time bestselling railway author, who built a formidable publishing empire first based mainly on railways. In ‘Farewell to Trains’, he summarizes his lifetime’s passion. Personal reminiscences and evocative descriptions of railway life are interspersed with extracts from over 65 years of the author’s railway writings, and illustrated throughout with archive photography.
In this poignant love letter, the author says farewell to the restaurant cars, the sleeping carriages, the non-stop expresses and the cheap excursion trains, the local stations bustling with the railway’s peripheral trades and liveried staff, the semaphore and signal boxes, and of course the great steam engines.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 284 mm x 216 mm | 256 Pages |