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Eleven Minutes Late By Matthew Engel

Eleven Minutes Late
by Matthew Engel

A funny and affecting portrait of Britain's love hate relationship with the railway with a new chapter for this paperback edition

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Eleven Minutes Late Summary


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.

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GOR001675040
Eleven Minutes Late
Matthew Engel
Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2010-02-05
352
0330512374
9780330512374
N/A
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