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“In 1931, the young Graham Greene was dependent on selling review copies of novels to Foyle’s bookshop. He decided he’d better have a commercial success… The result, Stamboul Express, is set aboard one of the variants of the Orient Express, the Ostend-Vienna Orient Express. Greene could not afford a ticket to Constantinople, so he bought one to Cologne. Therefore, the early lineside scenes are more accurate than the later ones; as he admitted in his memoir, Ways of Escape, ‘you may be sure the allotments outside Bruges are just where I placed them’.

His wife made him sandwiches so he could avoid the dining car.”

– Andrew Martin, Night Trains – the rise and fall of the sleeper (2017).

(The photo is an allotment in Stockholm)


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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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