This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
It was Tuesday the second of December 1947 when Jenny the Spiddler walked into my office: almost a month before they nationalised my mother. Jack Wenlock is the last of the Railway Goslings: that fabled cadre of railway detectives created at the Weeping Cross Railway Servants' Orphanage, who trod the corridors of the GWR trains in the years 1925 to 1947. Sworn to uphold the name of God's Wonderful Railway and all that the good men of England fought for in two world wars, Jack keeps the trains free of fare dodgers and purse-stealers, bounders and confidence tricksters, German spies and ladies of the night. But now, as the clock ticks down towards the nationalisation of the railways Jack finds himself investigating a case that begins with an abducted great aunt, but soon develops into something far darker and more dangerous. It reaches up to the corridors of power and into the labyrinth of the greatest mystery in all the annals of railway lore - the disappearance in 1915 of twenty-three nuns from the 7.25 Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads, or the case of the 'Hail Mary' Celeste. Shady government agents, drunken riverboat captains, a bandaged bookseller, a missing manuscript, a melancholic gorilla and a 4070 Godstow Castle engine - the one with a sloping throatplate in the firebox and the characteristic double cough in the chuffs - all collide on a journey that will take your breath away.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Malcolm Pryce was born in the UK and has spent much of his life working and travelling abroad. He has been, at various times, a BMW assembly-line worker, a hotel washer-up, a deck hand on a yacht sailing the South Seas, an advertising copywriter and the world's worst aluminium salesman. In 1998 he gave up his day job and booked a passage on a banana boat bound for South America in order to write Aberystwyth Mon Amour. He spent the next seven years living in Bangkok, where he wrote three more novels in the series, Last Tango in Aberystwyth, The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth and Don't Cry for Me Aberystwyth. In 2007 he moved back to the UK and now lives in Oxford, where he wrote From Aberystwyth with Love, The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still, and, most recently, The Case of the Hail Mary Celeste. malcolmpryce.com / @exogamistReview:
Complex absurdity of a very special sort. Anyone who loves steam trains, detective thrillers and PG Wodehouse will feel distinctly at home * Jasper Fforde * An utter delight - this cocktail of the surreal and the terrifyingly real is a rare entertainment for rail fans and crime fans alike * Michael Williams, author of On the Slow Train * Gripping * Britain * An arresting mixture of Boy's Own Adventure, Fifties gumshoe novel and oddly affecting love story, this is an absolute treat * Mail on Sunday, Thriller of the Week * Wildly funny, admirably eccentric and warm and humane, this sumptuously detailed book is also strangely topical in its reminder of the contempt and indifference with which our rulers have always viewed us * Morning Star *
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Condition: New. Hardback. Seller Inventory # 82360
Book Description 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1408858924
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1408858924
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1408858924 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z1408858924ZN
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111408858924
Book Description Bloomsbury Auctions, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1408858924n