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The Seventh Train

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  23 reviews
What if you can’t stand where you are because there’s nothing there? What if you don’t want to end up anywhere else in case that’s empty too? When life has lost its road map, sometimes the only way to get back on track is to get back on the rails.

The Seventh Train is a ride - a ‘road movie’ on the railways. It’s a journey that Elizabeth invented; the only original thought
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Published April 2nd 2019 by Matador
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quite unique read about travelling on trains and everything railways.
As a lapsed train spotted always comfortable under interesting motive power or idling around stations the subject matter is a pure delight. I have always enjoyed accounts aboard a train, from Russia with love, Stamboul train, 4:50 from Paddington, The ABC murders and The Blue Train.
Many a great documentary has been shown about great train journeys, from Michael Palin to Michael Portillo. Paul Theroux has allowed me to follow
Stephanie Jane
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I gave Jackie Carreira's previous novel, Sleeping Through War, 5 stars last year because I loved her writing so I was excited to spot this new novel, The Seventh Train, on NetGalley recently. Less ambitious in its scope, The Seventh Train is nonetheless a thoughtful and well observed story. I now have a new travel quote to accompany my all time favourite 'I'm always homesick for the journey' (Discovering Aberration by S C Barrus). In The Seve
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were two topics I wanted to start my review with and both are warring to be the first to be mentioned(in my head), so I thought I could state both and then talk about them in reverse order and whoever reads this can pick which one ought to have come first. 

1)The beginning part of the book mentions that this story was first a play and 2) I am probably not the only person who ever wanted to write about people who pass by in a train journey. The latter is a longer story but bear with me while
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So when you read the words above, you're intrigued but you're still not totally sure what you're getting into! I'm a big lover of theatre and not just musically inclined ones but I live and breathe plays when I get to them, they transport you and just utterly captivate you if they do their job right, so hearing this was a play first
Jenn Willis
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019-reads
I’m certain I am not the only one who has ever contemplated walking away from my mundane life and starting anew. I’m sure many of us have thought of it from time to time, and a few may have just done it! Life can give us ups and downs, and for some more downs than ups. Fortunately, I’m grateful to have been given more ups so I haven’t thought of running away too many times.

In The Seventh Train by Jackie Carreira, Elizabeth — a 40-something spinster — decides to do just that, walk away. Along the
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of train journeys that are significant for not really ever arriving as far as the main character is concerned. They are an adventure yet also an escape, from what and to where is never clear. While it tackles some difficult topics head on, it is also very funny. It is eloquent on feelings that many might have but few admit to, let alone take life changing action. Elizabeth is a fascinating character, and remains the strongest in a book that eventually introduces several memorable ...more
Julia Blake
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had previously read a book by this author which I enjoyed very much, so I was looking forward to The Seventh Train, especially as I knew parts of it were based in my home town of Bury St Edmunds. The novel has a very interesting premise, that of a perpetual train traveller with a set routine of which trains she takes and how many stops she stays on that train before getting off and catching the next. The forward states that this novel was originally a play, and as I read the book I could see i ...more
Des Burkinshaw
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a little gem of a book.
I’ve always been fascinated by trains and train journeys as metaphor. That covers from songs like Robyn Hitchcock’s I Often Dream of Trains to the symbolism of the Hogwarts Express as a symbol of growing up.
Carreira’s novel uses the train as a metaphor for the need for change as well as the instrument for delivering it.
Following Elizabeth on her journey as she meets fellow travellers looking for answers was a joy. The characters are alive.
I read in the author’s
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some stories that are so improbable that it is quite possibly true. This is one such story!

I am also having a problem with blogger/computer? that does not allow me to place the post in the position I want to.

Elizabeth has invented this idea - with the idea of going nowhere fixed, having no idea of what the future holds, or rather where the future will take her. She gets on to the seventh train at a station, goes four stops then gets down and does it again - and again. When she acciden
Justin Newland
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Seventh Train is an intriguing road story of life, death, and railway cafes. I found Jackie's writing style very easy to read, as she sketches out characters both full of modern sensibilities and old contradictions. The beginning and ending are particularly poignant, as she raises the spectre of suicide, a complex, awkward, and harrowing subject, yet handled sensitively and with gravitas.

Net time I'm waiting for a train, if ever I have and see someone enunciate a number between one and seve
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this gem of a book! The concept of running away from life is real and hits home. The idea of staying on the trains - number 7 stop 4 - endlessly to end up anywhere is quite endearing. I loved the newness of this book, the feelings it invoked in me personally as well as for the characters train hopping.
Definitely recommend as a light, enjoyable read and will check out other books by this author.
Tamsin Preece
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The Seventh Train introduces you to a likeable cast of characters all with their own distinct back story.

The writing was well paced and I finished this book in one sitting as I was so enjoying it. I would love to read more by this author and will be recommending this read to others.

Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for my copy!
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May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Seventh Train has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.

Really well written and a very clever plot. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
M.J. Mallon
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read from Jackie Carreira, both of which are gifted copies from the author. I am thrilled to give an unbiased review of both. Her first Sleeping Through War was equally as good, if not better. I've rated both books 5 stars as I'm really impressed by this writer.

A great concept from Jackie Carreira and a thoroughly engaging read. Loved it. If you appreciate a great tale about unexpected happenings in train journeys, this is for you. I've always enjoyed travelling by
AJ Deane
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'The Seventh Train' is a truly original idea, which neatly and sensitively packages lots of today's issues - alienation / belonging, loneliness and loss, the definition of family, the impact of suicide - gently and without preaching.

I liked the clever way that one of the character's stories was a microcosm of the book, and life, itself. If you want a definitive ending, you won't find one here (or in Carreira's other book, 'Sleeping Through War'); I find that writing choice refreshingly differen
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice little tale with a small cast of characters.
A lovely idea of jumping on the 7th train and going 4 stops.... you could land up anywhere.
Kate Ellis
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Seventh Train. Well written and with well crafted characters and plot. I think those who enjoy Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected will enjoy this as it has a sense of mystery and surprise.
I will be on the watch for other books by Jackie Carreira.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
“What if you never want to get somewhere? What if you can’t stand where you are but you’re too frightened to arrive anywhere else in case there’s absolutely nothing there either?”

Elizabeth, a British woman in her 40s, decides not to go to work one day. She has a dead-end job, and a mother in a nursing home who no longer recognizes her. Life could not go on as it was any longer. Hence, Elizabeth decides to spend her time taking train trips from one station to another. She develops a system of tra
Lisa Bentley
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The Seventh Train is a clever circular book that mixes a colourful cast of characters with weird and wonderful stories. They all take place on trains or in train stations which, personally, I find fascinating and oddly romantic.

Our protagonist, Elizabeth, is a little bit closed off but she finds her wall of safety penetrated by others who without even knowing it have saved her from herself.

I really enjoyed The Seventh Train. It is a perfect one sitting read.

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May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this book - wanting to escape. But, it went from focusing on the main character, Elizabeth to quickly and unrealistically introducing a few more characters and that is when the story fell short for me. I wanted more of the character Elizabeth to be fleshed out. The rapid pace in which the strangers gel into a group was far fetched. I also did not like The repetition of the phrases used by Ellie. Overuse of The word "flippin" and "The world is my lobster". No thanks. The en ...more
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Jackie Carreira is a writer, designer, musician and co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company. British-born of Portuguese parents, she grew up in East London and lived for a while in Lisbon as a child. After travelling the world playing music for 12 years, she hung up her bass guitar and picked up a pen. She’s been writing ever since and twice been a winner of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Dram ...more

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