Simon Bradley

Something sensational to read on the train

In Station to Station, former commuter James Attlee finds romance and malarkey along the line to Bristol

Readers who have put in some time on the railways may remember the neat, brush-painted graffiti that appeared in 1974 on a wall facing the line just outside Paddington station: FAR AWAY IS CLOSE AT HAND IN IMAGES OF ELSEWHERE.

Not until Banksy took up his spraycan did a piece of London graffiti make such a stir.

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