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Pains on Trains: The Commuter's Guide to the 50 Most Irritating Travelling Companions (Capstone Trade) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Andrew Holmes , Matthew Reeves
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26 Sep 2003 Capstone Trade
Pains on Trains is the perfect way to take the tedium out of commuting, guaranteed to become as indispensable to the seasoned traveller as the blow–up pillow and water sterilising tablets. In Pains on Trains, Andrew Holmes and Matthew Reeves set their sights on the scourge of the modern office worker – other office workers who clog up trains, buses, boats and planes with their annoying habits and depressing clothes. Pains on Trains is dedicated to the rush–hour veteran and consists of a ′pain–spotting′ guide to the very worst people you meet on your daily commute. Each painful character is illustrated in their usual context and supported by a short narrative.

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (26 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841125644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841125640
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…start ‘pain spotting’ and put the fun back in to commuting…" (Publishing News, 12 September 2003) "…A new book Pains on Trains offers advice on taking it all [irritating commuters] in your stride..."(Daily Mirror, 24 October 2003) "…hugely funny…" (Oxford Mail, 31 October 2003) "…Pains on trains is a hugely funny and brilliantly Observed look at the different types of people…" (Edinburgh Evening News, 1 November 2003) "…hugely funny…" (Cambridge Evening News, 8 November 2003) "…hysterically accurate…" (Southern Daily Echo, 8 November 2003) "…brilliantly observed…" (East Anglian Daily Times, November 2003) "…hysterically accurate…with wonderful descriptions and illustrations…" (Irish News (Belfast), 1 November 2003) "....I like to think of myself as fairly curmudgeonly, though I am mild–mannered compared to Andrew Holmes and Matthew Reeves who have produced a book called Pains on Trains...this consists of 50 different types of people who annoy the authors on trains..." ( The Guardian , April 2006)

"…start ‘pain spotting’ and put the fun back in to commuting…" (Publishing News, 12 September 2003) "…A new book Pains on Trains offers advice on taking it all [irritating commuters] in your stride..."(Daily Mirror, 24 October 2003) "…hugely funny…" (Oxford Mail, 31 October 2003) "…Pains on trains is a hugely funny and brilliantly Observed look at the different types of people…" (Edinburgh Evening News, 1 November 2003) "…hugely funny…" (Cambridge Evening News, 8 November 2003) "…hysterically accurate…" (Southern Daily Echo, 8 November 2003) "…brilliantly observed…" (East Anglian Daily Times, November 2003) "…hysterically accurate…with wonderful descriptions and illustrations…" (Irish News (Belfast), 1 November 2003) "... consists of 50 different types of people who annoy the authors on trains..." ( The Guardian , April 2006)

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You have seen them, heard them, smelt them, been touched by them and had your commuting life made miserable by them. Welcome to the world of Pains on Trains . Pains on Trains come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all are destined to add woe to the life of the modern commuter. This book gives you the opportunity to lighten your journey by indulging in the craze that′s set to sweep the nation′s travelling fraternity – ′pain spotting′. From the broadsheet to the mobile phoner , and from the nose picker to the over your shoulder , you′ll be able to have hours of fun with the person sat next or opposite to you, without them even knowing. Start pain spotting today and put the fun back into commuting!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with the Worst Case Scenarios 12 Nov 2003
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Format:Paperback
Wonderful little book - lots of outrageous stories and observation, it's up there with the Worst Case Scenario books, but with more belly laughs. I would also like to report a Flamboyant Groin sighting on the Central Line this morning. He was so flamboyant, he was practically a Double Seater. Would have been good if the book had included tear-out advice slips for handing out to offending Pains once you've spotted them. Essential reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ease your commuting stress 25 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
I commute in from East Croydon on South Central. Possibly the worst train company in the world. The reason I love this book is that it has stopped me from being irritated by nightmare people and I just laugh to myself instead.
For example - the person who can never be on time and stops the train leaving by opening the door as it is pulling away from the platform. Or the people who take enough provisions in their backpack to climb Everest everyday.
This book is a wonderful little time waster which will momentarily help ease the pain of commuting. You probably won't read it more than once though - although having it delivered to the office will cause 10 minutes of downtime while everyone compares the characters to people on their trains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No more train drain! 19 Nov 2003
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Format:Paperback
Anyone who has ever been on a train anywhere for pretty much any amount of time will be able to recognise at least one of the Pains from this very funny must-buy book. For the unfortunate commuters among us - this book will change your life (or at least your journey to work) forever! The handy small format makes it a perfect stocking filler for Christmas too!
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... within the first few pages my wife was looking over my shoulder to find out just what was so funny. I read a lot of books - and yes, some make me laugh - but this one actually had me crying with laughter at the memories of pains I've spotted whilst bearing the burdon of train travel in the UK. Just from memory I've already checked the 'seen that' box of 10 pains, and now I want more!
If the government wants to get more people to use the trains, they should distribute this book with travel tickets so we can all do a bit of 'pain spotting' to ease the delays, overcrowding and general frustration we all experience when using our beloved rail system.
Can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd in the series! Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read travel book 15 Nov 2003
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Format:Paperback
As a long term (and long suffering) commuter, this book is just fantastic. Not only has it captured all the people that have made my commuting life a misery (not to mention Network Rail and the train operating companies), but it has done so in such an amusing yet satirical way. Each pain is so well described that you can't help but identify with them, which brings back so many stories from my own daily commute - equally bizarre, funny and at times all too depressing. This is an inspired book well written and exceptionally well illustrated. What I don't understand is why no one has written it before. I especially love the vomiter...one of my most hated pains. If you want a fun companion on your travels, buy this book. I can't wait for Pains on the Payroll!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny 15 Nov 2006
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Observational humour at its best, the thing that's so funny about this book is that it's so true! One of the funniest books I've ever read, it is filled with laugh out loud moments!
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