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Anorak of Fire


by Stephen Dinsdale

Choo Choo!!

Most people probably wouldn’t remember the first time they saw a train. But Gus does... Alright he couldn't actually see the train - he was in his pram at the time - it was more the feel of it. The feel of it's presence. But he remembers it alright.  It was the moment his life changed forever.

Gus Gascoigne is a trainspotter. He has a one-track mind and a simple mission - to spot every train in England. He's not alone - there are half a million spotters in England, although few of them are as good or as dedicated as Gus. He’s a career spotter, a true believer and he’ll do whatever it takes to get a good view of the track. Even if it means lying to his mum and staying up really, really late. Outside. In the Dark. By himself.

Gus Gascoigne, the James Bond of trainspotting, invites you to take a roller coaster journey in the front carriage of his train obsessed world. From those carefree kindergarten days, bunking off early to watch the trains go by, to his epiphany at Crewe station at the age of seven; from his adventures in later years, including a spotting duel with his arch enemy Eric Spate of the notorious Manchester Maf, to his exposé of the intrigue surrounding the Great Illegal Nuclear Waste Transport Scandal (even the Young Liberals were interested!). There’s romance too...though not much.

Join Gus as he tempts you to experience the joys and sacrifices of trainspotting for yourself. Learn the secrets of his midnight passion. Behold - as he explains the origin and power of his most sacred possession - his Anorak of Fire!


Martin Holtom Gus Gascoigne
Martin Holtom

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