5 Must-Reads for Your Next Train Journey
Uncategorized | February 2, 2018
There’s no better way to travel the world than by train, and there’s no better companion for an incredible rail vacation than a good book. Take the scenic route and lose yourself between the pages of these five must-read novels aboard your next Railbookers journey.
For the Traveling Duo
Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
First published in 1933, Mr Norris Changes Trains is a warm and engaging story set in Berlin during the final years of the Weimar Republic. Despite the troubled times of its setting, Isherwood spins a warm and engaging tale surrounding the peculiar friendship that develops between two men following a chance encounter on a train.
For the History Buff
Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
Over the course of a thirty-year conversation unfolding in train stations and travelers’ stops across England and Europe, Austerlitz recounts the story of a Jewish man sent to England in 1939 as a child through the Kindertransporte—an organized rescue effort that took place prior to the Second World War. Antwerp Centraal station features prominently in the novel, and is one of the most eclectic, captivating rail stations in Europe. Learn more about it on our Beautiful Trains Stations blog, and see it for yourself on our Brussels, Antwerp and Amsterdam vacation.
For the Armchair Sleuth
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
What more can you ask of a classic whodunit than a murder, thirteen likely suspects, a brilliant detective, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived? Plus, it all takes place on the iconic Orient Express. Relive the golden age of rail travel on and off the page on one of our Venice Simplon-Orient-Express vacations.
For the Globetrotter
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
First published over thirty years ago, The Great Railway Bazaar recounts Theroux’s four-month journey by train in 1973 from London through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and his return via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Follow in his footsteps (at least partially) on our breathtaking Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore vacation.
For the Window Gazer
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel can’t stop thinking about Jason and Jess, but she doesn’t know them. She sees them through the windows of a train, one she takes everyday on her commute to and from London. One day she sees something shocking that changes everything. Intrigued? We don’t blame you. Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller held the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list for 13 consecutive weeks.