Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - The Blackpool Highflyer by Andrew Martin

'Genuinely gripping ...A brilliant evocation of Edwardian working-class life - the sort of thing DH Lawrence might have written had he been less verbose or been blessed with a sense of humour.' Peter Parker, Evening Standard The second Jim Stringer adventure, The Blackpool Highflyer is a suberbly atmospheric thriller of sabotage, suspicion and steam. 'Unique and important ...There is no one else who is writing like Andrew Martin today.' Ian Marchant, Guardian 'Evokes Edwardian Yorkshire and Lancashire, their great industrial prosperity and singular ways of living, quite brilliantly in a historical whodunnit which for its fresh and stealthy approach to past times deserves the adjective Bainbridgean.' Ian Jack, Guardian (Books of the Year) 'A steamy whodunnit ...This may well be the best fiction about the railways since Dickens.' Michael Williams, Independent on Sunday

Buy The Blackpool Highflyer by Andrew Martin from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780571219025
ISBN-10: 0571219020
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Blackpool Highflyer by Andrew Martin

US Kirkus Review » When his train is nearly derailed, a young Yorkshire railwayman once more turns sleuth.Since his previous escapade (The Necropolis Railway, 2007), engine cleaner Jim Stringer has gotten closer to his lifelong dream of driving a train. As fireman aboard The Blackpool Highflyer, he gets to ride alongside rugged driver Clive Carter. In 1905, trains like the Highflyer are growing in importance as modes of transportation, even for the working class. During a trip from Halifax to Blackpool, the train suffers what the press calls a "narrow escape" after someone places a large stone on the track. Clive is heralded as a hero for averting total disaster, but a young woman named Margaret Dyson is killed and her son orphaned in the suspicious accident. Jim is well aware that Clive was driving too fast. So when the train goes on an unforeseen hiatus, Jim, driven by guilt as well as curiosity, decides to investigate. His wife, faithful and intuitive, provides moral and corporal support and a nightly sounding board. Jim's probe provides Martin an excuse to pack the narrative with historical color, as well as a plethora of train lore. Jim encounters radical socialists itching to incite factory hands to an uprising and the possibly corrupt owners who exploit them. Is the death of the 99-year-old chairman of Hind's Mill due to natural causes or a link to the alleged crime?Brisk and atmospheric, the middle volume of a proposed trilogy. (Kirkus Reviews)


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Blackpool Highflyer book by Andrew Martin and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin has written for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and Granta, among many other publications. His highly acclaimed first novel, Bilton, described by Jon Ronson as 'enormously funny, genuinely moving and even a little scary', was followed by The Bobby Dazzlers, which Tim Lott hailed as 'truly unusual - a comic novel that actually makes you laugh'. In praise of his first Jim Stringer novel, The Necropolis Railway, the Evening Standard said 'the age of steam has rarely been better evoked', while the Mirror described the book as 'a brilliant murder mystery'.

Books By Andrew Martin

Soot by Andrew Martin
Hardback, July 2017
$27.90
European Social Models From Crisis to Crisis: by Andrew Martin
Paperback, February 2017
$45.86
First Steps: The Queen's Gambit by Andrew Martin
Paperback, February 2017
$41.12
Reacher Said Nothing by Andrew Martin
Hardback, November 2015
$41.20