Trains and Lovers

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Trains and Lovers
As they travel by rail from Edinburgh to London, four strangers entertain one another with tales of how trains have changed their lives. 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.'

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2012]
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 0307908542
Characteristics: 239 pages ;,19 cm


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Feb 08, 2015
  • Mothercat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, but not up to the standard of his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, nor any of his Scottish series.

Jul 19, 2014
  • luv2read571 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If Alexander McCall Smith has not yet charmed you with any of his other books, he will with this one. His reflections on love and loss, told through the characters' histories, are witty and poignant. You may even find yourself shedding a tear or two.

Dec 19, 2013
  • molmil8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is 4 short stories intertwined into one. Can be read in one sitting so a great book for a short trip. The writing is great. The story is told by the 4 characters and it is almost like you are on the train listening to them tell it. A little book, big on quality!

Jul 27, 2013

Having travelled for many hours on many trains between Edinburgh and (fill in the blank), this story brought back many memories of stories shared. Elegantly told, with a gentle rhythm that supports a more complicated structure than you realize when reading it.

Apr 09, 2013

I just put a hold on this book but am happy to let lily33 have it first as she tried Apr 3, days before I did.

Apr 03, 2013

I would like to put a hold on this please, but was unable to do that just now.


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