|Author||: Matthew Engel|
|Publisher||: Pan Macmillan|
|Total Pages||: 356|
|Rating||: 4/5 (413 Downloads)|
Download or read book Eleven Minutes Late written by Matthew Engel and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2010-02-05 with total page 356 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Britain gave railways to the world, yet its own network is the dearest (definitely) and the worst (probably) in Western Europe. Trains are deeply embedded in the national psyche and folklore - yet it is considered uncool to care about them. For Matthew Engel the railway system is the ultimate expression of Britishness. It represents all the nation's ingenuity, incompetence, nostalgia, corruption, humour, capacity for suffering and even sexual repression. To uncover its mysteries, Engel has travelled the system from Penzance to Thurso, exploring its history and talking to people from politicians to platform staff. Along the way Engel ('half-John Betjeman, half-Victor Meldrew') finds the most charmingly bizarre train in Britain, the most beautiful branch line, the rudest railwayman, and - after a quest lasting decades - an Individual Pot of Strawberry Jam. Eleven Minutes Late is both a polemic and a paean, and it is also very funny.