The Trans-Siberian Quartet

In the spring of 2014, a quartet of no-longer-youthful Canadian friends, all of them writers who have published several dozen books between them, decided on a whim to liven up their twilight years by Doing the Trans-Siberian. This book, illustrated with many colour photographs, details their epic journey from Beijing via Mongolia to Irkutsk in Siberia, and then across Russia to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Just as they had hoped, it was the trip of a lifetime, though it wasn’t without its challenges.

The Trans-Siberian Quartet explains how visas were obtained, how train tickets were booked, and what it all cost. It also documents the day-to-day details – fascinating, disturbing, hilarious, tedious, absurd – of Trans-Eurasian rail travel, including stop-offs and side trips. The quartet made their journey before the Covid-19 pandemic, of course, not to mention before the transformation of Russia into a rogue state. So sadly, this trip is not one that most of us will be able to undertake any time soon. But if Doing the Trans-Siberian is still high on your bucket list, then this book’s for you. And hopefully … one day …

The Trans-Siberian Quartet: Beijing to St. Petersburg by Train by Nicholas Ruddick is available from Amazon worldwide in two formats:

The paperback has a prologue, seven chapters, an epilogue, and an index. It contains 80 photographs, all in colour. Published by Wilmar Editions of Dundas, Ontario on 9 February 2023. 6″ x 9″. 110 pages. ISBN: 9798375676913. Price: CAN $19.95 / US $14.95 / GBP £12.40 / Eurozone €14.00.

The Kindle e-book has the same contents as the paperback, except for the index. It is text-to-speech enabled, can be viewed on all electronic reading devices, and has a file size of 59,661 KB and a print length of 130 pages. ASIN: B0BVGN91TQ. Price: CAN $5.00 / US $3.75 / GBP £3.11 / Eurozone €3.51.