The Necropolis Railway - A Novel of Murder, Mystery and Steam (Jim Stringer)

The Necropolis Railway - A Novel of Murder, Mystery and Steam (Jim Stringer)

by Andrew Martin (Author)


A chance encounter leads young Jim Stringer, a railway porter, to move from Yorkshire to London, enticed by the prospect of becoming a railway man 'of the right sort'. But when he arrives in the Waterloo of 1903, it is to discover a world of garish pubs and tawdry brothels boxed in by towering, blank-faced factories - a world that judders perpetually to the din of the trains on the giant viaducts overhead. Jim finds that his duties are mysteriously confined to the strangest corner of the South Western's business: a railway line that runs to an enormous cemetery. Still more perplexingly, the men he works alongside have formed an instant loathing for him. And his predecessor has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Can Jim work out what is going on before he too is travelling on a one-way coffin ticket aboard the Necropolis Railway?


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: 19 Aug 2002

ISBN 10: 0571209610
ISBN 13: 9780571209613

Media Reviews
A murder mystery, rich in atmosphere and period detail, set in 1903 and centred around Waterloo Station and the real-life peculiarity that was the Brookwood Necropolis Railway. This is Andrew Martin's best novel yet.
Author Bio
Andrew Martin is a former Spectator Young Writer of the Year. He has written for the Evening Standard, Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph, among others. His weekly column appears in the New Statesman. He is the author of Bilton and The Bobby Dazzlers.