#southernFail getting you down? Here’s 8 books to make the strikes more bearable!

Alright, the trains legitimately suck right now.

And it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. HOWEVER, if you’re one of the unfortunates, it’s definitely a good time to whip out your kindle and download a bloody good read to take your mind of it. Here’s our recs:

1. ‘All of the Above’ by Juno Dawson

An addictive read about love and friendship and all the tangles that can tie itself into! Definitely a great distraction from ALL THE WAITING!

2. ‘More of Me’ by Kathryn Evans

Teva literally separates into two once a year, leaving another self stuck at that age… A wicked concept and really, you’re probably going to feel like you’ve left your younger self on that platform when the train finally comes…

3. ‘The Polar Express’ by Chris Van Allsburg


Well someone might as well be getting on a train… A Christmas classic that has a serious chance of both warming your heart and make you curse at the same time.

4. ‘Moranifesto’ by Caitlin Moran

Witty, funny, insightful thoughts on all the things. It’ll make you feel better. 100%.

5. ‘Pirates!’ by Celia Rees


Because… Yeah.

6. ‘Panther’ by David Owen

With rumours of a panther roaming around the main character’s south London suburb… Wouldn’t that spice up the waiting game?

7. ‘Mugby Junction’ by Charles Dickens


Dickens didn’t like trains. You don’t like trains rn. This three story collection is a match made in heaven.

8. Uhh… Harry Potter?


Because the Hogwarts Express is NEVER late. Maybe it could stop off at Clapham Junction too?

Which book would YOU recommend to someone stuck in a horrendous travel situation? Tell us in the comments below!

And when books won’t do, maybe try distracting yourself with your fave Snapchat peeps. Find them all here.

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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