THE NECROPOLIS RAILWAY
with Andrew Martin
Thursday 4th May 2017
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm
In this illustrated talk Andrew Martin, author of The Necropolis Railway, will discuss the historic reality behind the operations of the London Necropolis Company which, in 1854, opened a dedicated station near Waterloo, with the aim of despatching hundreds of thousands of corpses a year to its vast cemetery at Brookwood in Surrey. Martin will reveal the reasons for the rise and fall of the Necropolis idea, and the operations of the railway. And he will say why and how he sought to create a novel from the history of the grand scheme for ‘extramural interment’.
Andrew Martin is a prolific and award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of a dozen novels, including a series of nine thrillers set on the railways of Edwardian Britain. The first of these was ‘The Necropolis Railway’; the most recent is ‘Night Train to Jamalpur’. His latest novel is The Yellow Diamond, set in the world of the super-rich. Forthcoming in July is ‘Soot’, a novel set in York in 1799 and concerning the murder of a silhouette painter. His non-fiction titles include 'Night Trains: the Rise and Fall of the Sleeper’, ‘Underground Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube’, and ‘Ghoul Britannia: Notes from a Haunted Isle.’ He has also written and presented tv documentaries, and broadcasts regularly on the radio. Please click here to read more about Andrew Martin.
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