My new book STATION TO STATION will be published by Guardian Books on May 14 2015.
Here is the blurb for the book, taken from the jacket:
The line from London to Bristol connects two great cities, but what lies in between? London’s western suburbs, the Thames Valley, acres of farmland punctuated by provincial towns; where is the interest in such a landscape? To his surprise, James Attlee – a regular traveller on the route – finds it rich in unexpected encounters and the line awash with ghosts, including those of Charles I, Oscar Wilde, Lawrence of Arabia, the Beautiful Spotted Boy, Haile Selassie, Stanley Spencer, Diana Dors, Eddie Cochran and the creator of the line himself, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
But this is not another nostalgic book about ‘heritage’ England. As Britain embarks on the greatest period of rail construction since the nineteenth century, trains are once more seen as the future, not the past. Part voyage of exploration, part history, part meditation on the nature of travel, Station to Station takes the reader on a journey into the psyche of a nation, along one of its most iconic lines.
Praise for Nocturne:
‘Nocturne is an inspiration.’ NEW YORK TIMES
‘Remarkably good writing…I know that I am going to keep this book by me for rereading and it seems likely that other readers will want to do the same.’ DIANA ATHILL, LITERARY REVIEW
Praise for Isolarion:
‘He had me purring from the word go…unique and very special’ GEOFF DYER
‘A vivid account of daily life, fluid and unsettling…’ ECONOMIST
You can pre-order a copy of STATION TO STATION by clicking on this link.
May 14 2015 will also see the release of the album ORPHAN TRAIN, a kind of indirect soundtrack to the book: a set of new songs that all use trains as metaphors or motifs, directly or indirectly.
You can hear four tracks on Soundcloud now:
More to follow, along with information on how to order.