Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

Trains and Lovers
Trains and Lovers

Recommended by Tanya Scoon

Using his unique talent to really get into the minds of his characters, he creates a great snapshot of the lives and loves of four very different people contained within the time constraints of a relatively short journey from Edinburgh to London.

In his characteristic gentle and subtle style he examines a host of topics from moral luck and identity theft to changing methods of communication, loneliness and acceptance, and each tale leads seamlessly into the next through the thoughts and views of the other travelling companions sharing the journey both literally and figuratively.

I’m a great fan of McCall Smith’s Scotland Street novels and his gift for portraying the lives of ordinary people and this stand-alone tale is a fascinating dip into the four characters which leaves the reader wanting to find out more.