The bestselling bard of Britain on that great institution we all love: the railway station.
It is the location of all our hopeful beginnings and intended ends; an institution with its own rituals and priests; and a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture: the railway station.
Bestselling historian Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of the country to select this joyous celebration of our social history. With his usual insight and authority, he describes the history, geography, design and significance of each of these glories; explores their role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the development, triumphs and follies of these very British creations.
From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often undersung places that link our nation. All aboard!
“Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece”
Independent Books of the Year
“Every house in England should have a copy of this book ”
Auberon Waugh, Literary Review Book of the Century
“Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed ”
Adam Nicolson, Evening Standard
“Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book”
Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph
“Full of stand-out facts . . . absolutely fascinating”
Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2
“Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought”
Michael Wood, New Statesman