Book now for Wolmar’s talk on the Raj and Railways, Feb 7

Trains, trams and automobiles will all doubtless get an airing when Christian Wolmar rides into town on Feb 7

Talking Inside Croydon is back next month, with an evening with Christian Wolmar, one of the country’s leading writers and broadcasters on transport.

Wolmar will be talking about his latest book, Railways & The Raj, which one reviewer has described as “brilliant – absorbing, engrossing and definitive”.

Wolmar is an engaging and experienced public speaker, and this talk should fascinate and inform anyone interested in history, India or railways.

In between writing columns for specialist magazines and national newspapers, and appearing on TV and radio, Wolmar has written more than a dozen books, including Are Trams Socialist – so its certain that his Talking Inside Croydon session, with questions afterwards, will be wide-ranging and interesting.

Railways & The Raj was published last month. In his expertly told history, Wolmar reveals the full story of India’s railways, from its very beginnings to the present day, and examines the chequered role they have played in Indian history and the creation of today’s modern state.

Copies of the book, and other Wolmar titles, will be available to buy on the night, and the author might even sign some.

Published by Atlantic, Railways & The Raj is 364 pages and costs £25. It can be ordered online here.

The event is being staged on Wednesday, February 7, doors opening at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church hall, Southbridge Road, South Croydon.

To cover our costs of hall hire and your tea and biscuits, we will be charging attendees £5 each.

But entry will be free for fully paid-up Inside Croydon supporters, representing the latest of a series of benefits offered to our loyal readers for their monthly subscription. Click here to sign up now to be an Inside Croydon patron, and you can attend the Wolmar talk for free, too.

Talking Inside Croydon events are intended to provide a unique, sometimes serious, often off-beat and eclectic set of talks by experts, authors and novelists about their work, and the news and the issues of the day.

Booking is essential, for patrons and non-patrons alike, as places are limited, so make sure you book yours as soon as possible.

  • Talking Inside Croydon with Christian Wolmar.
  • At St Andrew’s Church, Southbridge Road, CR0 1AG on Wednesday, February 7, doors open 7pm.
  • Cost: £5 per person, payable on the night (cash only), or free for Inside Croydon patrons.
  • There will be an opportunity at the event to buy signed copies of Christian Wolmar’s books.

To apply for your place (or places) please email and write “Wolmar February 7” in the subject field, and include your name and daytime contact phone number in the body of the email, together with the number of places you require (and the names of all attendees).

If you have a question to ask in the Q&A after the talk, please include it in your email.

All details may be subject to change.
The organisers reserve all rights, and booking terms and conditions apply. By booking a place at Talking Inside Croydon, a reader agrees that they will comply with these terms and conditions. Any refusal to act in accordance with these terms and conditions may lead to refusal of entry or removal from the event

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