The bestselling bard of Britain on that great institution we all love- the railway station.
Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling books A Short History of England, England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses. He is the former editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and a columnist for the Guardian and Evening Standard.
He has served as deputy chairman of English Heritage and chairman of the National Trust, was a founder member of SAVE Britain's Heritage and chaired the revision of the Pevsner guides from 1994 to 2011. He founded the Railway Heritage Trust and has served on the Boards of British Rail and London Transport. He lives in London and Aberdyfi.
[Spreads] enthusiasm by inviting the reader to join in a game of admiration. -- Christopher Howse * Telegraph *
However spectacular the book's photographs, it's the author's prowess as a phrase-maker that keeps you turning the pages -- Richard Morrison * The Times *
A most beautiful book . . . full of information. I'd like to travel to every one of the stations. Simon Jenkins is a blessing to the nation, keeping an eye on our buildings and making sure they are not forgotten or neglected. -- Claire Tomalin
Jenkins has unearthed a lot of gems. The photography is stunning -- Christian Wolmar * Spectator *
This is a cracker . . . a beautiful book -- Chris Evans
Simon Jenkins extols the virtues of 100 of them, as well as offering a brief history of the rise, fall and rise again of Britain's railways. And he is the perfect person to do so. Excellent, enticing. -- Gavin Stamp * Evening Standard *
This glorious and utterly essential guide to Britain's best railway stations is also a history of some of the remarkable - but often undersung - landmarks to our social history * The Bookseller *
Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece * Independent, Books of the Year on 'England's Thousand Best Churches' *
Every house in England should have a copy of this book -- Auberon Waugh on 'England's Thousand Best Churches' * Literary Review, Book of the Century *
Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' -- Adam Nicolson on 'England's Thousand Best Houses' * Evening Standard *
Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book -- Max Hastings on 'England's Thousand Best Houses' * Sunday Telegraph *
Full of stand-out facts . . . absolutely fascinating -- Richard Bacon on 'A Short History of England' * BBC Radio 2 *
Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought -- Michael Wood on 'A Short History of England' * New Statesman *
Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain's railways. Beautifully illustrated with colour photos, this is an uplifting exploration of our social history * The Guardian *
The supreme champion of Britain's heritage -- Alan Titchmarsh