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Leaves on the Line: Letters on Trains to the Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Books) Hardcover – 1 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845137760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845137762
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's pleasing to be able to write that the vast majority of railway books received for review make enjoyable reading, but it's rarer to find one that is, in places, laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended Steam Railway

About the Author

GAVIN FULLER is head of the Telegraph library, responsible for maintaining that newspaper’s archive. He is also a former Mastermind champion and the editor of Leaves on the Line, a collection of readers’ letters to the Telegraph on trains and train journeys.


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I really enjoyed this book (and great value at Amazon compared with buying through the Newpaper).

The old letters about smoking carriages, woman only carriages etc are so "un PC" and a reflection on how the world has changed.
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A very humorous little book going back quite a long time in the last century. A good read on the journey to London on the train!
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A very entertaining and, at times, humorous book. The earlier letters are written with the delicious use of our language so deficient in the modern instant media. Let me say that I am no fan of The Daily Telegraph, so eloquently described in the supremely funny and intelligent " Yes Prime Minister ", to paraphrase; a newspaper read by those that think this country is run by another one. Having said that I was a former reader, in the 1960's, as before the sport of cycling became fashionable, it gave unparalleled coverage. This selection on the railways is an insight to what, mainly, the middle class upwards thought of our times. The original contributors range from the ignorant to the well informed, and cover topics from the obscure to the main discussion points from the particular eras. I do not agree with many of the letters quoted, but they are entitled to their opinions. Highly recommended and will increase your vocabulary.
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An excellent read for both railway fans or even those forced to travel by train. I actually laughed out loud at times.
As someone who has worked on the railway for 47 years I can related to a lot of the incidents mentioned in the book
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This was a present for a railway enthusiast who reports that it was a very enjoyable read with interesting historical perspectives.
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Some serious and very funny reading in this book, just wait until you read about the one someone sent in about 100 years in the future and stepping back in time to relive an over crowded train journey. Also a funny one about Ginger Cake in a buffet car. All will be revealed.
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For a secondhand book I was most impressed. Completely unmarked and as new.
Any railway book gets ticked by me!
Reading only a selection will make one realise that the British write and complain about the same things over eighty years.
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Very interesting history of public attitudes (at least, Daily Telegraph readers!) to British Rail before, during and since nationalisation. Especially amusing in more recent times.
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