The world’s best rail journeys

I’ve always been a fan of rail travel – ever since I took my first InterRail trip back in – *checks notes* – the 1880s. I’m sure I remember the steam engines and bonnets. Anyway, I was delighted to be asked to write about my favourite books about rail journeys for Shepherd, the new online bookstore and archive.

I wrote reviews of five great books – from Monisha Rajesh, Tim Parks, Paul Theroux and others – and if you’ve ever sat in a train carriage and watched the world go by, you’ll enjoy these tales of exploration and adventure, from Italy to Asia. And my most left-field choice? Oi! Get off of our Train, by John Burningham – we all loved reading this when my kids were little, shouting our heads off with every page.

Head over to Shepherd to read the full article – you’ll enjoy browsing there anyway I think, since there are thousands of other features in the ‘best books about…’ vein.

I wrote my own book about rail travel in Europe, as you know – and Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave has been an Amazon #1 Best Seller in various categories since the day it was released, a little over a year ago.

As a seasonal celebration, it’s currently on Kindle Countdown sale for 0.99 (Kindle version only) – so grab it while you can this week (until Friday 10 December).

Prefer to buy a paperback of Not Cool as a gift this Christmas?
Kindle Countdown deal not available in your territory?
Already read Not Cool?
Just want another book?

That’s cool too – just email me with a screenshot of any order for my books this week (including this 0.99 deal) and I’ll send you a FREE Kindle version of any of the others.

All you have to do is email me by Friday 10 December and request one – I’ll be happy to send you a Kindle copy of Not Cool, Don’t Eat the Puffin OR Never Pack an Ice-Axe.

Just email me at

Happy reading everyone!

Published by Jules Told Me

Hi, I'm Jules – travel blogger & Rough Guides writer – sharing travel-writing tips, travel ideas and amazing places. I hope my journey can inspire your next trip, and I wish you happy travels in fascinating places

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