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  • Submitted: 11th June 2019

This TravelTuesday why not travel with ABookTrailLiteraryTour

There’s books set everywhere you go, but what about books set on the very mode of transport you use regularly to get from one place to another? Trains are great for booklovers as they provide excellent reading conditions,a moving background of inspiration and give you a few hours to drift away to another time and place….there’s a travelling trolley of chocolate and coffee….and in first class, there are special book reading lamps….what more could you want?

Books set on trains…..that’s what. Imagine reading a book set on  a train…on a train!? I admit to reading Girl on  a Train on a train and it gave me an extra level of reading experience. Did I look out of the window into people’s houses wondering what I would see? You bet I did!

Books set on a train

The good thing about books on trains is that you can read it on any train and get a unique sense of that book’s journey. You don’t have to go to London to read Girl on the Train or America where they set the film version….it’s the train that counts….

Spice up your train journey….

Spent the night on the Caledonian Sleeper

Study those train timetables!

Take care of going through a tunnel

Funny people get up to all sorts on the Tube

Look out of the window and what do you see?


Books set on trains

Spent the night on the Caledonian Sleeper

What She Saw Last Night – Mason Cross

You might not want to get on a train with Mason Cross after reading this haha The man has a knack for making what should be a really nice journey into something all the more scary and shocking. Jenny Bowen is going home. She sees a woman and young girl and helps them find their cabin. However, the woman is found dead the next day and the child is no where to be seen….the train company say they have no record of a child even being on the train with that woman……..

Study those train timetables!

ABC Murders (Poirot) by Agatha Christie

Now this is a cleverly plotted train set mystery. All the stations in the timetable are being chosen as murder sites…Andover, Bexhill and then Churston. You might think a timetable shows you the time to board the train, meet a friend, how long you have to read until your destination but when it holds the clues to a murder mystery!? Now that’s a unique story.

Books set on trains

Take care of going through a tunnel!

A Ticket to Oblivion ( Railway Detective 11) by Edward Marston

What’s the worst that can happen when you go thrtough a tunnel? The lights flicker and you loose your place in your book, you spill your coffee, your ears pop? Well, think about these two ladies who board a train, go through a tunnel and then disappear…….

Funny people get up to all sorts on the Tube

Tubing by  K A McKeagney

You will never see the Tube in the same light again! Or any underground trains for that matter. They advise you to take a bottle of water on tubes at the moment when it’s hot – well, you’ll need icepacks and a fire extinguisher with this novel!

” Male hook up with male. Central Line, Holborn westbound train. Third carriage. 7pm. Tonight. Wear green top. #Tubingholborn”

Books set on trains

Look out of the window and what do you see?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The ultimate story about what can happen if you’re a bit nosy and spy into people’s homes from your train window…Hopefully you won’t get into the mess the girl on the train does. What this book made everyone realise however, is how it’s fun to look at people and houses and wonder what goes on behind closed doors as you speed past houses, windows and secrets….

Next time you take the train……have fun and the most memorable journey ever!


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