Length: 336 Pages
The perfect new gift from the bestselling author of Britain's 1000 Best Churches
It is the scene for our hopeful beginnings and our intended ends, and the timeless experiences of coming and going, meeting, greeting and parting. It is an institution with its own rituals and priests, and a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture. And yet so little do we look at the railway station.
Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain, from Waterloo to Wemyss Bay, Betws-y-Coed to Beverley, to select his hundred best. Blending his usual insight and authority with his personal reflections and experiences - including his founding the Railway Heritage Trust - the foremost expert on our national heritage deftly reveals the history, geography, design and significance of each of these glories.
Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this joyous exploration of our social history shows the station's role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the triumphs and follies of these very British creations.
These are the marvellous, often undersung places that link our nation, celebrated like never before.
Length: 336 Pages
[Spreads] enthusiasm by inviting the reader to join in a game of admiration.
However spectacular the book's photographs, it's the author's prowess as a phrase-maker that keeps you turning the pages
Jenkins has unearthed a lot of gems. The photography is stunning
Simon Jenkins extols the virtues of 100 of them, as well as offering a brief history of the rise, fall and rise again of Britain's railways. And he is the perfect person to do so. Excellent, enticing.
This glorious and utterly essential guide to Britain's best railway stations is also a history of some of the remarkable - but often undersung - landmarks to our social history
Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece
Every house in England should have a copy of this book
Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed'
Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book
Full of stand-out facts . . . absolutely fascinating