Victoria Brittain

Plucky Couple Stuck on the African Railways

Blood on the Tracks


Picador 257pp £15.99 order from our bookshop

This is the story of an enterprising and resilient former antique-lace restorer and minicab driver with an obsession for trains in Africa. It is not a book about Africa, much less ‘a full account of modern Africa’, as Miles Bredin’s publishers claim. Anyone who reads the first page of abbreviations and acronyms and finds ‘ANC African National Congress (Zimbabwe)’, will get a flavour of the accuracy.

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