Best Books for a Train Journey | Bespoke Travel Agency | Lightfoot Travel
New York Times’ best-selling author Jessica Fellowes who wrote The World of Downton Abbey and the Mitford Murders series gives us her picks for the perfect travel companion.
 
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Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith


Highsmith is the undisputed master of the psychological thriller – it’s no surprise this was adapted into a film by Hitchcock. Two men meet on a train and decide that each will kill the other’s nemesis: with no motive, surely no one will suspect them?

Strangers on a train by Patricia Highsmith

 

02
Us by David Nicholls

Nicholls is a warm, humorous and excellent writer, particularly good on observations about relationships. This contemporary novel centres on a budget family holiday around Europe in the wake of a wife’s declaration that she is going to leave her husband. 

Us by David Nicholls

 

 

03
The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell

First appearing in 1851 as a series of stories for a magazine, Gaskell’s poignant novel is set in a small town in the north of England, its residents afraid of the migrants and breakdown in law and order that they believe the railway from Manchester will bring.
 

The Cranford Chronicles

04
Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene

Henry Pulling and his septuagenarian aunt meet at his mother’s funeral, where she persuades him to abandon suburbia for a rackety adventure from Paris to Istanbul and Paraguay. A marvellous look at how the world was a century ago.

Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

 

05
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

My debut novel and the first of six in a series opens with a real-life unsolved murder: that of Florence Nightingale Shore, a war nurse, who was left for dead on a train between Victoria and Hastings in January 1920. 

Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

 


Fellowes' latest novel The Mitford Scandal features scandalous affairs, political upheaval and murder. Available 26 September 2019. 

Suggested Itineraries

From $10,500 pp

Classic Taiwan

Taiwan

  • Hiking in Taroko National Park 
  • Taking a dip in Taiwan’s famed hot springs 
  • Experiencing a handful of Taiwan’s iconic night markets – you will not go hungry on this trip!
  • Spending a few days in the capital Taipei getting a sense of the island’s unique history

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 11 nights

From $3,900 pp

Journey Through History in Berlin

Berlin

  • Learn about the stories of Berlin during different periods 
  • Admire one of the most beautiful palaces is the world – Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
  • Walk the footsteps of Hitler and examine the rise of the Third Reich
  • Visit the Memorial & Museum Sachsenhausen – a former concentration camp
  • Travel back to the Cold War era and experience living behind the Iron Curtain

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 5 nights

From $7,400 pp

Ireland Highlight Tour

Ireland

  • Visit the highlights and pubs in Dublin 
  • Admire Powerscourt – one of the finest gardens in Europe
  • Learn about the crystal producing in Waterford
  • Driving through Ireland’s best scenery – Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Cliff of Moher

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 10 nights
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