Epic Train Journeys


Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure


The Guardian
“Brief encounters, Orwellian nightmares and a swirl of cultures on a seven‑month, 45,000‑mile adventure.”

The Daily Telegraph
“A triumphant ode to long-distance train travel.”

The Spectator
“A great track record: Rajesh is not only blessed with an elegant style, but is witty and ever ready for a bit of self-deprecation.”

The Times
“A lively account of hitting the rails.”

The Daily Mail
“Three cheers for Monisha Rajesh, who is a rare rising star of the genre. Rajesh is a young British-Asian woman whose previous book, Around India In 80 Trains, garnered a lot of praise and, having read this one, I can see why.”

“A relentlessly curious and wonderfully descriptive writer…”

Asian Review of Books
“If Paul Theroux was the future of travel writing in 1975, he clearly represents its past today. The present belongs to writers like Monisha Rajesh, unbothered by belatedness and comfortable with all that is contemporary.”

Engineering and Technology
“I was in love with this book, which not only made me laugh out loud repeatedly (a rare occurrence, let me assure you), but also often look up from the page to savour the truly artistic precision of Rajesh’s impressions and views. Rajesh is certainly in possession of a rare writer’s gift comparable to that of a good actor who can read the phone book and still make it sound exciting for the audience.”

Around India in 80 Trains