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Train reading … with the Booker

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Whether you’re looking for something to see you through a long journey or a pit-stop stint on the platform, you’ll be on to a winner with some Booker-nominated train reading.

Just check our guide to this year’s Booker contenders and settle into your train seat.

Forget a well-thumbed copy of The Metro. If you’re looking for some train reading, make sure to pick up one of this year’s Booker-shortlisted novels.

From recovered diaries to Russian spies and the search for dragons, this year’s Bookers have got it covered.

So no matter what you’re into, check our guide to this year’s Booker reading before you pick up a book and settle into your train seat.

And don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel, so you can save some paper-notes to put towards those new paperbacks.

‘The Sense of an Ending’ by Julian Barnes

An old man thinks back on his first love and school-friends after being bequeathed a diary. Read this if you liked Poppy Adam’s ‘The Behaviour of Moths’.

‘Jamrach’s Menagerie’ by Carol Birch

It’s 19th century London, and a team are venturing to the South Pacific to capture a ‘dragon’ for famed naturalist Jamrach. Read this if you liked Philip Pullman’s ‘Ruby in the Smoke’ or Sara Sheridan’s ‘The Secret Mandarin’.

‘The Sisters Brothers’ by Patrick deWitt

Eli and Charlie Sisters are hired killers carrying-out hits at the height of the 1850s gold rush. Read this if you like gritty Westerns or chilling reads like Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’.

‘Half Blood Blues’ by Esi Edugyan

It’s the 1940s and Paris has just fallen to the Nazis. A black German musician is arrested and never seen again. Fifty years later his friend, the only witness, returns to Berlin. Read this if you liked ‘Defiance’ or ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’.

‘Pigeon English’ by Stephan Kelman

An 11 year old boy turns murder-detective after witnessing a fatal stabbing on a London estate. Read this if you liked Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘Face’ or gritty urban reads.

‘Snowdrops’ by A D Miller

An English lawyer living in Russia falls down the rabbit hole after getting involved in a shady property deal. Read this if you like gangland fiction or spy novels.

What’s been your favourite on-train read this year?

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