Mugby Junction, Paperback Book

Mugby Junction Paperback

Part of the Hesperus Classics series

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Compiled by Charles Dickens, Mugby Junction is a intriguing composite of tales ranging from horror to a realistic portrayal of life around a bustling Victorian railway station.

Published for the first time in its entirety, it contains one of Dickens's most celebrated ghost stories, The Signalman.

Arriving at Mugby Junction in an attempt to escape his unhappy past, Barbox Brothers befriends a workman and his invalid daughter.

With their help he sets his sights on discovering which of the seven lines of the junction will most aid him in his journey of escape.

In exploring one such line, he meets 'the woman he had lost', only to return to Mugby Junction once this has played out.

Staying there, and continuing his friendship with the workman and his daughter, he collects together the myriad stories he hears tell of at the junction.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781843911296

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 This is a really interesting little book. Written as a series of 8 short stories, it begins when a man stops at an obscure junction station in the Midlands in the middle of a dark stormy night. The junction has 7 lines that leave it, heading in different directions. The idea is fairly simple, there is a story about what happenes down each of the lines. It doesn't quite work out like that, in that only one of the stories actually takes place on a voyage down one of these lines. The stories become journeys into the human psyche rather than through English geography. Written by Dickens and 4 different writers, the stories are a bit patchy, if I'm honest. That doesn't mean it's not without interest though. The story of the Signalman is a very quite scary ghost story - not at all in the usual line of Dickens. In all of them the railway runs as a theme, the characters all work on, in and with the railways. That makes the things hang together, but I did feel it would have benefitted from a final rounding story to match the initial opener.<br/>As with any short story collection, there are peaks and troughs, but this went very well with a day spent travelling by train.

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