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Trains and Lovers: The Heart's Journey [Kindle Edition]

Alexander McCall-Smith
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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'Really rather lovely' --The Bookbag

'Warm, funny, poignant and touching' --The Good Book Guide

'A charming, humorous journey of the heart' --Woman and Home

'A one-off' --Lothian Life

'Warm, funny, poignant and touching' --The Good Book Guide

'A charming, humorous journey of the heart' --Woman and Home

'A one-off' --Lothian Life

'once begun, (it) is hard to put down… a story of substance and intrigue' --Dura

'A charming, humorous journey of the heart' --Woman and Home

'A one-off' --Lothian Life

'From a platform tryst to long-distance love, the tales are sure to stick with you' --The Book Review

'A charming, humorous journey of the heart' --Woman and Home

'A one-off' --Lothian Life

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In the words of Alexander McCall Smith: 'You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails; you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it. And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about. It is a simple device: people brought together entertain one another with tales of what happened to them on trains. It takes place on a journey I frequently make myself and know well, the journey between Edinburgh and London. It is best read on a train, preferably that one.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3585 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307908542
  • Publisher: Polygon (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WO0NGQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful stories from A M Smith 24 Nov 2012
By Ms L
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a reader of nearly all of Alexander Mcall Smith's previous books I found this a departure from his usual style. However, very soon I found myself enjoying his usual skill of writing his characters with detail and compassion. The book contained stories told by four totally different people who met on a train journey. Each one had a beautiful and very different story to tell on their experiences of love. These were not told in the fashion of a romantic novel, but unfolded in a manner that was sympathetic to each person and compelled me to want to read more to find out what happened to each character in the end. It was quite an unusual book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heart's Journey indeed 12 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is a slight departure from the other series, but no less enjoyable. Through the four riders in the train, we learn about the loves in their lives (or in her parents', in one case). The four stories are told through the riders from Scotland, U.K., Australia, and the United States. Some are personal and are shared with the others. One is through his remembrance of his own untold and unrealized love. Another is about her parents, spanning two generations.

As a reader of AMS's adult books, I've come to expect his wry humor. In that I think this is a departure, only in the sense that you don't see passages which make you burst out laughing or smile to yourself. But these stories are nonetheless touching and heartwarming, effectively weaving the different generations and their perspectives. I think this is more like "La's Orchestra Saves the World" than "44 Scotland Street."

It's still a vintage AMS novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars special tales 3 Dec 2012
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It always amazes me how Alexander Mcall Smith writes his stories of real people, even in unusual circumstances they excist.
And even this was a strange way of people telling each other about their totally different lives, it gets to you and touches you.
The brain and heart of Mr. Mcall Smith must be full, because he writes so much and it almost always brings a smile to my heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming 28 Dec 2012
By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The main feature of all McCall Smith's fiction is his belief in the fundamental decency of most people, borne out again in this heart-warming collection of stories, some private, some shared with the others, of four strangers on the Edinburgh to London train. Geographically, they cover the planet, from the fine art world of London and Edinburgh familiar to readers from his other books, to the Maine countryside and the Australian outback. I particularly enjoyed the story of the young Scot, leaving these shores for Australia in 1946, which bought back my own childhood memories of sailing from Southampton in 1947. As it would be in life, several of these tales are complete, others are unresolved, leaving us to wonder what happened next.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trains & Lovers: The Heart's Journey 4 Dec 2012
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Although I enjoyed this book it was not up to the usual standard of McCall-Smith's work. The storyline did not hold my interest and the characters were not in the same league as the 'Scotland Street' series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trains and Lovers 16 Aug 2013
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Again a very different Alexander McCall. A group of travellers on a train from Scotland to London are persuaded to tell their life and love stories. Sympathic characters. i did need to look back to check names which is not easy as i have an earlier Kindle without page numbers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Precious 16 July 2013
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I love Alexander McCall-Smith's Botswana stories, but I've never been smitten by his Scottish tales. This one is about four strangers who meet round a table on the train from Edinburgh to London (a journey I know well). But the way one character launches into the baring of his soul just isn't believable. If he wasn't famous, he'd be urged to 'show not tell'. Sorry. I know others will love it. But I don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Rushed 7 July 2013
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I love Alexander McCall Smith's books. I have been reading them ever since the first No 1 Ladies Detective Agency was published, and I generally enjoy every book he produces, and he produces a lot of books. This one is not one of my favourites, it has to be said. It is sweet enough, telling the story of four random strangers who meet on a long train journey and begin to chat, sharing their stories about how love has affected them in greater and lesser ways. The premise was intriguing and I knew McCall Smith could handle this material in a way that I wouldn't find schmaltzy or irritating, and he did that, but I did find the stories rather clumsily put together. There seems to be a lack of finesse here, which is usually present in spades in his other work. I felt I had missed something here though, and reread several sections in case I'd missed some connection through inattentive reading. I hadn't.

The other thing I missed was McCall Smith's delightful sense of humour. Even in the saddest, most emotionally touching parts of his other books, there is a deftness of touch with humour which lifts the stories out of the ordinary and makes them special. That really wasn't in evidence here.

I felt like there could have been a fantastic novel here, but what we got instead was a rather rushed, alright novella.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Trains and Lovers...Kindle Edition
The author has a gentle style and the reader is comfortably transported from start to finish, with no unpleasantness! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Peter15
4.0 out of 5 stars good light readin
Always an easy holiday read - not too much to think about. Can be read in a couple of days
Published 19 days ago by Joyce Drummond-Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and thought provoking
This was an enjoyable read although it had a slow beginning. I became absorbed in the stories of each person on the train and I thought there were many aspects of life that were... Read more
Published 22 days ago by M D Oakenfold
5.0 out of 5 stars For curious lovers of travel everywhere
A fabulous read - thought provoking and wryly funny. I am off on the train today to see what I can overhear.
Published 27 days ago by celia j anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Alexander McCall-Smith
An entertaining reflection on the diverse nature of love - in a variety of contexts. It held my interest throughout and I would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by EL
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT HIS USUAL STYLE
As you will know if you've read the blurb about this book, it is about people who meet on a train journey and tell each other about their backgrounds, specifically as far as love... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. E. Auchinvole
5.0 out of 5 stars Trains and Lovers
Very good book once i picked it up i could and did not want to put it down great train journey.
Published 1 month ago by Millie Linklater
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading
great light reading as ever, prefer his uk based books rather than the African detective agency series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Williamson
2.0 out of 5 stars no no no
loved the no 1 ladies det agency books but just couldn't get into this gave up after 3rd chapter !
Published 1 month ago by P.M.Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars McCall Smith Departs from Usual Style
If you are a fan of McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Scotland Street or Sunday Philosophy and Isobel Dalhousie books then this will come as a complete contrast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane de Cogan
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