5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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About the Event

45,000 miles. 80 trains. 7 months. Breathtaking views and hilarious fellow travellers. Writer Monisha Rajesh talks to author and travel writer Lindsay Hawdon about her railway adventures through Russia, North Korea, Canada and beyond.

About the Author

Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist whose writing has appeared in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph in which she wrote a column about her journey around the world. Her first book Around India in 80 Trains (2012) was named one of The Independent’s best books on India. Born in Norfolk and mostly raised in Yorkshire – with a brief stint in Madras – she currently lives in London with her husband and daughter.


‘Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things. Prepare for a very fine ride’ MICHAEL PALIN

‘This is travel-writing entirely at home in the 21st century, penned by a travel writer entirely comfortable in her own skin, and unashamedly enthused by the thrill of setting out to meet new people and to see new places’ ASIAN REVIEW OF BOOKS

‘A wonderfully wry and witty debut. Crackles and sparks with life like an exploding box of Diwali fireworks’ WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

‘Rajesh’s quick-fire writing is unflinchingly frank, with details packed in as tightly as passengers on Mumbai’s commuter trains. A lively read’  LONELY PLANET MAGAZINE

‘A great big lovely shambling train ride of a book, offering wonderful views, hilarious interludes, all sorts of dodgy characters and some very peculiar smells, all for the one ticket’ GILES COREN, THE TIMES