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Parallel Lines

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A story of one man's encounter with the British railways.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paul Harris
Nov 27, 2014 Paul Harris rated it it was amazing
I don't usually rate books, or anything for that matter. Even less often do I actually review them. On this occasion though, I think that this book deserves a few notes on its brilliance. In truth, my enjoyment and feelings having *literally* just finished are more to do with that inherent pleasure that a chance discovery affords me; than perhaps the quality of the writing itself.

I picked this book off of a library shelf with nothing more that the cover to go on, I hadn't heard of the author be
Ian Russell
May 24, 2009 Ian Russell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: railway enthusiasts, stressful flyers, British nostalgia freaks
Recommended to Ian by: indirectly, by a librarian (third party)
Shelves: journeys
I was given this book as a present after someone had recommended it to the giver as being Bryson-esque. I have no more interest in railways than the next man - to be pedantic, this is a book about railways, not trains, though trains do feature, naturally, like a book on marmalade would undoubtedly feature a bit of toast. Rails equal Parallel Lines (the permanent way).
I could see the comparison with Bryson, Ian Marchant is an easy read, Bryson-lite (maybe that's a bit unfair), slightly less world
Jun 05, 2011 Dagezi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A companion to a brief sojourn on UK trains recently. Other reviewers have called this Bryson-lite, but I completely disagree. (Of course Bryson strikes me as a glib schmuck who is occasionally laugh out loud funny). Marchant on the other hand makes a passionate case for, in no particular order, smoking, leftist politics and the permanent way. And it's funny, really funny in places, but it's not cheap funny. It helps if one likes trains, but with that caveat, this is a terrific book.
Julian Schwarzenbach
Started off as a reasonable travel book about railways (rather than trains, specifically), however, towards the end, Ian seemed to lose some of the spark that was present in the earlier chapters and I found myself skipping paragraphs to get to the end.
Oct 04, 2007 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: railfans, trainspotters, and suchlike folks
Shelves: library_books
Really good collection of adventures riding the rails in Britain and Ireland. Last couple of chapters are mostly memoir-ish filler; I kinda skimmed through those after losing interest, but recommend the book.
Rick Boardman
Apr 01, 2012 Rick Boardman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transport
We're all trainspotters at heart. Even thought we don't write down numbers.
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