Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure
By Monisha Rajesh
Why this book?
A new voice in travel writing also offers a fresh perspective on rail travel – not the usual ruminations of a middle-aged white male (guilty), but the honest, witty, observant reflections of a woman of colour. Rajesh’s seven-month, 45,000-mile journey around the world, starting with the 14.31 from London St Pancras to Paris and ending on the Orient Express, starts off looking for the romance of the rails but turns into something much more valuable – a hard-earned, slow-travel celebration of the planet’s landscapes and peoples. Together with her fiance, Jem, she travels from place to place on a meandering itinerary – Mongolia, Toronto, New Orleans, Tibet, North Korea, Vietnam – via a series of encounters that are never less than fascinating, often hilarious, sometimes deeply unsettling.
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