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This is an auction for OFF THE RAILS: MEMOIRS OF A TRAIN ADDICT by Lisa St Aubin de Teran.

"She's the incarnation of those alluring veiled passengers whose pre-War journeys on the Orient Express or the Blue Train put romance on the rails. Lisa St Aubin de Teran's new book is about her life as a train addict; a dangerous obsession for an attractive woman."
- The Guardina (UK) reviews:

"A childhood journey through Russia on the Occident Express began a lifetime's obsession with trains for Lisa St Aubin de Teran. This book describes some of her many journeys. Train trips through Argentina, around Italy, from the Norfolk fens or to Loch Dhu, are all part of a surprising journey through life."

"Although the journeys Lisa St Aubin de Teran describes are rich with bureaucracy, bizarre temporary travelling companions, and even, at times, physical assaults, she is not the type to wail when things go wrong. She appears to be one of those rare people who really are content to take the rough with the smooth. Her loyalty to the train in this age of the plane is rather commendable. It's hard to her 'settling down' anywhere - the back cover tells the reader that she now lives in Perugia, Italy, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if she was, even now, on a train somewhere. For Lisa St Aubin De Teran it's the journey that's the point, not the getting there."

"An interesting book. It has a vintage feel: the style of fashion of a lost time comes across throughout, I liked the characters that she meets on the trains, and many chapters made me laugh and smile."

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Paperback 1990.

206 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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