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This beautifully-packaged book will take the reader on the slow train to ather era when travel meant more than hurrying from one place to the next, the journey meaning thing but time lost in crowded carriages, condemned by broken timetables. On the Slow Train will reconnect with that long-missed need to lift our heads from the daily grind and reflect that there are still places in Britain where we can stop and stare. It will tap into many things: a love of railways, a love of history, a love of stalgia. This book will be a paean to ather age before milk churns, porters and cats on seats were replaced by security anuncements and Burger King. These 12 spectacular journeys will help free us from what Baudelaire deunced as 'the horrible burden of time.' This title is updated for the paperback.
Michael Williams writes widely on railways for many publications, including the Daily Mail, The Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the New Statesman, The Oldie and the railway specialist press. He is a veteran Fleet Street journalist, having held many senior positions, including Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Executive Editor of the Independent and Head of News at The Sunday Times. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Central Lancashire. He commutes regularly by train on the 440-mile return journey between his home in London's Camden Town and his office at Preston in Lancashire.