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.