WINNER OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER AWARD FOR BEST TRAVEL BOOK
A gloriously entertaining travelogue spanning the concourse at Kings Cross to the sky-scraping peaks of Tibet's Qinghai railway, Around the World in 80 Trains is a warm and witty hymn to locomotive travel. Packed full of delightful pen portraits of fellow passengers and evocative descriptions of both trains and destinations, this is a charming, uplifting book.......
"'What makes the book is [Rajesh's] wit, astute observations and willingness to try everything ... She arrived at St Pancras, on time, tired and triumphant. Her riveting account of the odyssey leaves us feeling the same' - The Times
'As Monisha Rajesh triumphantly demonstrates in Around the World in 80 Trains, there's life yet in both the trip and the telling' - The Daily Telegraph
'Delightful ... Rajesh is not only blessed with an elegant style, but is witty and ever ready for a bit of self-deprecation' - Spectator
'Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things. Prepare for a very fine ride' - Michael Palin
'Rajesh [is] a rare rising star of the genre ... She has a simple and easy style, she sees everything and listens to everyone, she's funny when she wants to be and serious when she needs to be, and she keeps the whole thing barrelling along like a wonderful dinner party conversation' - Marcus Berkmann, The Daily Mail"