BOOK REVIEW – Slow Train to Switzerland by Diccon Bewes

The Swiss Alps are synonymous with rail travel and just with travel in general and with the journey that this books tells, The Alps would perhaps not have been that well-loved destination they are now. In 1863, seven individuals embarked on a trip that would take them from London across the Alps. This would be the ‘first Conducted Tour of Switzerland’.

150 or so years later and Diccon Bewes has retraced the journey that these fledgling travelers took in 1863. Using only his trusty 19th century guidebook for reference, Bewes sets off on a journey that he will never forget.

Chocked to the brim with brilliant insight into the determination of the Victorian crew who went on the basis of discovering the new and exciting. An interesting travelogue of sorts that is in equal measures detailed, witty and entertaining. Even if you’re after a book that just gives a good amount of historical information about Switzerland, both then and now, this is a good place to start.

Somewhere between Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux.

Buy from
Hardback is out now and Paperback is out on 07/08/2014 from Nicholas Brealey Publishing
ISBN: 9781857886092

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