Tom Chesshyre – Slow
A Love Letter to
Summersdale 2019 £16.99
This rather wonderful book is Tom Chessyre’s seventh. He has a talent for writing train-related travel books and Slow Trains to Venice will not disappoint his readers.
Chesshyre relates the tale of a more or less random rail
journey from his home in Mortlake to
Concerned mostly with the journey itself, Chesshyre gives us
only snapshots of the cities he visits.
As he puts it, he dips a toe and moves on. He does, nevertheless, have
the knack of finding something intriguing or offbeat in most places.
Chesshyre fears for the future of some of the European
countries he visits and worries about the rise of populism. He is no fan of Brexit. The subtitle of the book is A Love Letter to Europe. Many would join
him in writing such a letter but he conflates
Slow Trains to Venice went to print before Covid-19 hit European travel. It may not be possible to travel as Chesshyre did for some time to come. In the meantime, the armchair traveller could not ask for a better companion.