Saturday, 14 October, 3.30pm – Andrew Martin: Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper

Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used night trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence. The reality could often be as thrilling: early British travellers on the Orient Express were advised to carry a revolver, as well as a teapot.

Andrew Martin attempts to relive the golden age of the great European sleeper trains by travelling on their modern-day equivalents. Journeying in ‘interesting times’, Martin uncovers modern instances of European unity – and otherwise – as he traverses the continent, and becomes embroiled in his very own night train whodunit.

Andrew Martin is a journalist and author. Previous books include Underground, Overground and Belles & Whistles. His Jim Stringer series of novels are based around railways.

Saturday 14 October at 3.30pm, Hungerford Croft Hall. Tickets £7.