Night Train to Utopia, and other tales

ISBN 978 0 9575458 0 9
Published 2013
180 x 120 mm: 60 pp: softback with colour cover
Price £6.50 including postage and packing

Night Train to Utopia is a tale in three parts, each of some 200 lines. The lawyers, religious zealots, sporting types, hippies and others who board the Night Train are utterly self-centred and clueless about where the mystery train will actually take them. On arrival at a deserted platform in the middle of nowhere, their only glimpse of Utopia leaves them in deep shock. Thereafter, in a voyage of self-discovery, some of them make their way via a desert trek and a perilous river-crossing into a war zone very far from their original dreams. What have they learned?

The Withering of Vines and The Horse Plague [over 130 and 80 lines respectively] are nightmare visions of global epidemics, where vines and horses suffer total and unexplained extinction. And shamans are warning that the dog comes next

In a very much lighter vein, After the Pied Piper [220 lines; in five parts] carries forward the Hamelin story from where Browning left off. Where did all the children go?

Alan Jenkins found the collection ‘impressive, ambitious and elegantly done

See the review in Old Johnians

Passage from Night Train to Utopia

Passage from The Withering of the Vines