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The Flying Scotsman Sings - the front cover

About the book...

The Jazz age had crept into England, and by 1923, Amos Bell, who survived six grueling years in the Great War, had a dream job as a Royal Engineer train driver of the Flying Scotsman, the new electrical train to the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley Stadium.It is here, the most unlikely of places, that he encounters Opera singer Madame Alice Neil-Gregory, who’s talents lead her to a great many performances in her career -  including singing for the King. 

Friendship turns to love, and Amos finds himself smitten with her artistic life, following her to concerts all over the country. But Madame Neil-Gregory has dreams of a long-lasting career. Will she ever agree to marry this war honoured train driver?

A moving story of love, loss, and courage, culminating at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, the locomotive now known as  one of the most famous worldwide has a major part along with Alice Neil- Gregory stunning the world in a performance for King George. The Flying Scotsman is a delightful, vivid account of true events weaved seamlessly together with the seductive music world that rode the rails through the era of the roaring 1920’s.


“Novelist, writer and swing dancer Debbie Wastling releases her new book, The Flying Scotsman Sings as she flies back to her native homeland of Great Britain for the book's release. Set in the early 1920s, it's the story of "the fastest train on wheels" heading for Edinburgh from Yorkshire with colorful imagery, almost picturesque, and excellent descriptions of the period. The book gives a great view of the history of the times, particularly addressing the levels of society and reminiscences of the war and will appeal to readers who appreciate good stories based on actual references.”


–Actress and Voice over Artist Talmadge Ragan

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