The Railway Carriage Child

At last!  My memoire is finally on sale on Amazon. Check it out.

This is the foreword

Against a backdrop of the Cambridgeshire fens, lies the

small market town of Whittlesey. Here are many features

of historical and architectural interest, including two

medieval churches, a 17th century Butter Cross and rare

examples of 18th century mud boundary walls.

Less well known, but still quite remarkable, are the pair of

Victorian railway carriages which stand just outside the


Originally built for Great Eastern Railways in 1887,

they have been home to Wendy’s family since 1935.

Now, for the first time, Wendy shares the fascinating

story of her childhood, growing up as a Railway Carriage

Child in the mid to late 20th century.

With a wonderful memory for detail, she paints a

picture so vivid that we are there with her.

Through the eyes of an exuberant child, whose

imagination outpaced her years, we meet the characters

central to her life: an ancient Granny, still governed by the

old fen traditions of an earlier era, a domineering Mother,

a long-suffering Father, and Grandfather who died before

her birth but still inspires her dreams.

With the humour of hindsight, Wendy brings alive a

time when life moved at a gentler pace.

The final chapter follows Wendy as she returns to live

in the carriages as an adult, continuing the renovation and

preservation, to ensure that they survive for another

generation of her family.

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  1. Wendy, my copy of “The Railway Carriage Child” arrived this past week. I spent some time reading the first few chapters, and totally enjoyed all that I read. I was pleased to see what a substantial book it is because I know I will have many more enjoyable reading experiences before reaching the last page.

    If you don’t mind, I would like to feature your book in a post on my website

    For this type of post, I use a photo that features the actual book somewhere in my house where I’ve put it down from reading it. There is also a part that briefly describes the book, then all of my chickens provide their own personal comments. Finally there is a link to the book so that my readers can purchase the book if they would like.

    With your book, my chickens were thrilled to find that chickens were mentioned right at the very beginning on page 2! And actually there is a connection to my life here in Virginia as well. For many years, I lived in a town called Wakefield which is home to the very famous Virginia Diner known for its peanuts and peanut pie and other delicious foods. The restaurant started as a railway carriage and as the business grew, so did the additions. It was always a treat to be seated in the original carriage part of the restaurant. I went to school with the grandson of the original founder of the Virginia Diner.

    Anyway, I hope to create some interest for your book here in the States, and so please let me know if its okay to feature your book in a post.

    Thanks, John Spiers


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