My new book STATION TO STATION will be published by Guardian Books on May 14 2015.
Perhaps best described as ‘psychogeography on wheels’ the book is written both for those who travel every day and the occasional wanderer, exploring overlooked corners of England by rail. It arose out of my time as ‘Writer on the Train’ for First Great Western.
You can pre-order a copy by clicking on this link.
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.