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GIVEAWAY – a copy of Platform Seven by Louise Doughty – Peterborough

22nd September 2019

We have a hardback copy of PLATFORM SEVEN by Louise Doughty for one lucky winner!

 Platform Seven by Louise DoughtyPlatform Seven is new. It is also the furthest point of Peterborough Station from the entrance. It is completely deserted. The man walking along the covered walkway at 4am on this freezing November morning knows that. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic: a wall hides him from the CCTV camera’s persistent blink.

What the man fails to realise is that he is not alone, and what Lisa Evans knows, to her cost, is what his decision to be here means, as she tries and fails to stop him standing and walking to the platform edge.

Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months – surely they’re connected?

No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. She was after all the first of the two to die.


Just tell us in the comments below this post which is your favourite and most beautiful station around the world!

Is it St Pancras in London, perhaps? Or Gare du Nord in Paris or Berlin Haupbahnhof or Grand Central in New York???  Do this by midnight, 5th October UK time and the first name out of the hat will be sent the book. It’s international.

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 07/10/2019 at 5:27 pm

    Meryl T is the winner


  2. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 05/10/2019 at 3:31 pm

    Barter Books in Alnwick ! No longer an active train station but the most fabulous pre-loved book store…. the former Ladies waiting room is now the Tea shop. Fabulous use of a former train station.


  3. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 05/10/2019 at 3:09 pm

    I love Kemble station in the Cotswolds always reminds me of a murder mystery!


  4. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 9:26 pm

    I was blown away by Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 07/10/2019 at 11:03 am

      Such a beautiful building! I loved it!


  5. User: Alison Latham

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 9:14 pm

    I spotted Wemyss Bay railway station and fell in love! Can’t wait visit.


  6. User: Adrian Bold

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 8:27 pm

    Madrid Atocha railway station in Spain deserves a mention for it’s incredibly impressive indoor botanical garden.


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 07/10/2019 at 10:53 am

      Atocha is beautiful! I love going down all the levels to all the platforms and the botanical garden is amazing!


  7. User: Sandra Foreman

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 7:41 pm

    Grand Central Station, New York, cried the 1st time I finally got there was a dream come true and hopefully going to be where my Hubby to be and I want to get married


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 07/10/2019 at 10:47 am

      Grand Central Station is beautiful! And such and iconic location in so many books and films!


  8. User: Sheila Howes

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 2:47 pm

    I always love York station – many happy memories!


  9. User: Fiona Karbal

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 1:14 pm

    My favourite is the former Victoria Terminus, Bombay, now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai. It is a beautiful Victorian building, with Gothic and Indian architectural elements. Combine that with the colourful organised chaos that is Indian railway travel, and you have an unforgettable experience.


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 07/10/2019 at 10:43 am

      I completely agree Fiona, it is such a stunning building! Buying a ticket there isn’t the easiest thing to do though!


  10. User: Karen R

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 5:33 am

    I love Victoria Station in Manchester. It doesn’t seem have changed much since Victorian times, you can almost see all the Victorians hustling and bustling in and around the fine building xx


  11. User: Meryl Thomas

    Posted on: 04/10/2019 at 4:32 am

    I love the Gare d’Orsay, in Paris, which is now a museum, of course. It was built in 1900 and exhibits all the grandeur of the period- that great vaulted ceiling, the ornate clock, which is still there. It is cathedral like in its splendour and as you enter the space is simply break taking, and you can smell the steam from the old steam trains in your mind, and ‘see’ their fine iron bodies in the distance. It is filled with the most magnificent works of art, from a period in art history in which the concept of what art was was changing, just as society was, with, amongst other things, the train. There is a synergy between the building and the art which this building now houses.


  12. User: Angela L Paull

    Posted on: 03/10/2019 at 9:06 pm

    Sao Bento, Porto


  13. User: Samantha M

    Posted on: 03/10/2019 at 5:47 pm

    It’s new and definitely not historical but I love Birmingham New Street – it’s been totally redone, is huge and has so many restaurants and shops!


  14. User: Janine Atkin

    Posted on: 03/10/2019 at 3:25 pm

    ive not been to many but i guess Grimsby station because if im there it means I’m going away!!!


  15. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 03/10/2019 at 3:19 pm

    It’s not the most beautiful, but Gare du Nord in Paris is my favourite station…Beacuse it means that I’m in Paris!


  16. User: David

    Posted on: 02/10/2019 at 8:05 pm

    Hello! My favorite station is York station as I have happy memories of going there as a child.


  17. User: Summer Rowley

    Posted on: 01/10/2019 at 2:16 pm

    I love Schipol station in Amsterdam


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 02/10/2019 at 10:22 am

      It is a beautiful station Summer! Definitely agree!


  18. User: Mark Tucker

    Posted on: 01/10/2019 at 2:34 am

    Edinburgh station


  19. User: Sarah Buckenham

    Posted on: 30/09/2019 at 6:34 am

    I like my local station, Norwich!


  20. User: Christine Caple

    Posted on: 29/09/2019 at 9:49 pm

    Paddington, where I arrive at and depart from on my trips to London. I love the Paddington Bear bench.


  21. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 29/09/2019 at 4:20 pm

    I liked 30th Street Station in Philadelphia!


  22. User: Anthony G.

    Posted on: 29/09/2019 at 2:10 pm

    I have very fond memories of Birmingham New Street Station


  23. User: Ruth Harwood

    Posted on: 29/09/2019 at 6:59 am

    Preston is a good station – there’s a lot of history there!


  24. User: Divya Kaushik

    Posted on: 28/09/2019 at 11:25 pm

    Undoubtedly it would be King’s Cross Station in London, for to the Platform 9¾ . Harry Potter love <3


  25. User: Sally Collingwood

    Posted on: 28/09/2019 at 5:05 pm

    I love Paddington because it is so busy with people milling around going about their day, makes me wonder what adventures they are all setting off on


  26. User: Susan B

    Posted on: 28/09/2019 at 11:42 am

    St Pancras Station is absolutely stunning and definitely my favourite. The architecture outside and inside is worth a trip to see alone.


  27. User: Alyson Read

    Posted on: 28/09/2019 at 8:07 am

    Kings Cross in London England – so much life you can see there!


  28. User: Joanna Phillimore

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 11:52 pm

    Dalmally, Argyll, Scotland. Very beautiful.


  29. User: kate tibbs

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 6:29 pm

    simply has to be Grand Central Station in New York which is breathtaking


  30. User: Danielle Annan

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 4:29 pm

    For me it has to be King’s Cross in London – mainly because I am a big Harry Potter fan !


  31. User: Tanya

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 4:07 pm

    St Pancras
    So many fab shops and places to eat


  32. User: Glynis O'Halloran

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 3:34 pm

    My favourite station is King’s Cross in London. Since it was refurbished, it is full of shops, restaurants and wonderful hustle and bustle. My daughter love the Harry Potter shop. I think what I like best about it is that when I get there, I know I am home!


  33. User: Susan Chafer

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 2:16 pm

    I like King’s Cross in London.


  34. User: Emily Hutchinson

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 10:16 am

    It has to be the iconic King’s Cross


  35. User: ray becker

    Posted on: 27/09/2019 at 7:10 am

    St Pancras London


  36. User: Ritchie Dee

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 8:29 pm

    Grand Central in New York is stunning.


  37. User: pete c

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 7:57 pm

    main station in Monte Carlo, Monaco


  38. User: CLAIRE WOODS

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 7:38 pm

    St Pancras station


  39. User: Catherine Thorp

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 6:59 pm

    I love St Pancras London. It’s like a little world of its own



    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 3:40 pm

    Mumbai . . . it’s awesome


  41. User: Pat Stubbs

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 3:39 pm

    My favourite is Schipol in Amsterdam – clean, light and with good links to the centre of town


  42. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 11:22 am

    The refurbished St Pancras station is amazing! Also exciting, as you might end up in Paris, Bruges, Lille…who knows! 🙂


  43. User: Gill Chedgey

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 7:58 am

    I never caught a train there but I walked around Grand Central Station in New York for ages utterly transfixed! I thought it was beautiful.


  44. User: Guy Ridgeon

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 3:53 am

    The most beautiful station in the world? I think Milan – a grand way to enter a grand city.


  45. User: Rachel Sargeant

    Posted on: 25/09/2019 at 7:36 am

    My favourite station is University station in Birmingham because it is right next to the university campus where my growing up babies live. It’s great to be able to visit in an easy journey.


  46. User: Sarah prescott

    Posted on: 24/09/2019 at 10:00 pm

    Kemble station near Highgrove. We caught the train from Huntingdon to Kemble and it was a beautiful old fashioned station.


  47. User: Annegret

    Posted on: 24/09/2019 at 6:24 am

    Central Station, New York


  48. User: Flo

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 10:32 pm

    My favorite station is Durham.


  49. User: Helen Yendall

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 10:15 pm

    Kings Cross station is beautiful!


  50. User: Trisha Moynihan

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 9:37 pm

    Victoria Station in Manchester. It still looks as amazing as it did 30 years ago. Bits have been added on but the majority is still the original architecture even down to the destination signs outside and the huge ceramic poster inside. It really is an amazing station and wreaks of nostalgia, it’s like stepping back in time.


  51. User: Heather

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 8:28 pm

    I love going in and out of the Sirkeci Train station in Istanbul. Always a wonderful city to visit!


  52. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 8:27 am

    Atocha station in Madrid, Spain.


  53. User: Karen hutchinson

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 7:38 am

    St Pancras has really cleaned up its act – love the shops and the combination of modern and old features


  54. User: Karen Stallman

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 3:52 am

    I have only been to couple stations so Paddington Station London it is.


  55. User: Patty

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 2:56 am

    Enjoyed Grand Central back in the 70s.
    Always busy
    Multiple languages
    People going everywhere


  56. User: Kelly Kennedy

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 2:47 am

    I’m not really sure, as I’ve taken the train only once and it was within Canada.
    so how about Platform 9 1/2 from Harry Potter! At least it’s magical?


  57. User: Leeza

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 1:53 am

    The Kenilworth, IL station in the Union Pacific North line.


  58. User: Bethlil

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 1:45 am

    Grand Central Station in New York


  59. User: Frances Hampton

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 1:36 am

    I haven’t really been to train stations. I have been wanting to take a train trip though. The only train station I have personally seen was in Chicago. I would love to travel around to some of those mentioned.


  60. User: Margie Hunter

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 12:51 am

    For me, the most beautiful station is 30th Street in Philadelphia. I love the WWII memorial statue, but mostly I love that it always meant that I was home when I traveled by train. I have fond memories of goodbyes and welcome backs there.


  61. User: irene cox

    Posted on: 23/09/2019 at 12:09 am

    My favourite station for beauty is Venice in Italy.The waterway waiting for you when you rrfive for your adventure.


  62. User: Josephine Hartline

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 11:25 pm

    I don’t have any, as I haven’t traveled.


  63. User: Priscilla Stubbs

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 10:08 pm

    Grand Central Station in New York is my favourite station


  64. User: Susan T.

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 9:41 pm

    Sirkeci railway station in Istanbul, the end station of the Orient Express. So historic!


  65. User: Lynn Brown

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 9:18 pm

    Kanazawa in Japan is my favourite, so eye catching in it’s design and lots of lovely shops underneath too.


  66. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 9:17 pm

    The Gare du Nord in Paris – brings back so many happy memories of holidays in Paris.


  67. User: Rachel Colclough

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 9:08 pm

    The Gare du Nord in Paris.


  68. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 7:51 pm

    Baker Street, not that I have ever visited but Gerry Rafferty did sing a rather catchy song about it!


  69. User: Nicole Pyles

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 7:17 pm

    Grand Central in NY is mine 🙂


  70. User: Patricia Bowley

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 6:56 pm

    Grand Central Terminal in New York. I loved looking around this station.


  71. User: Allana Turner

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 6:31 pm

    I loved Grand Central in New York, such incredible architecture and so big! So amazing to visit somewhere you’ve only seen in the movies or read about, this was a wow moment for me.


  72. User: julie Ryan

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 6:10 pm

    The old KL station in Malaysia. Designed to Victorian regulations, it looks like a stunning Indian palace yet the roof can withstand the equivalent of 3m of snow!


  73. User: Daniel Smith

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 5:28 pm

    Durham train station


  74. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 5:28 pm

    I haven’t been to many train stations but there’s something special about my local train station – Newcastle.


  75. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 5:15 pm

    My favourite is actually a tram station rather than a train one. It is Colyton station, the inland end of the Seaton Tramway in Dorset. It has been beautifully restored to bring out all its historic charm, and the floral displays are wonderful.


  76. User: Judy Smith

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 5:05 pm

    Staveley central its were I grew up as a kid my dad worked on the railway


  77. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 5:05 pm

    Favourite station is Flinders Street, Melbourne. Beautiful architecture.


  78. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 5:02 pm

    My favorite train station is Gare du Nord in Paris. A gateway to dreams.


  79. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 12:47 pm

    I like the Gare du Nord in Paris x


  80. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 22/09/2019 at 12:37 pm

    The Gare Du Nord Paris is busy but beautiful, epitomises the French capital.