'Punchy, well written and forensic in its analysis. Exposes how attacks on rail workers' terms and conditions have been at the heart of privatisation - and how passengers and taxpayers have also been fleeced by shareholders and bosses.'
Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
'A clear, precise and accessible glide through the disastrous history of British privatised rail and a passionate case for why we need the railways now more than ever, Derailed is an InterCity125 in a discourse dominated by Pacers and Pendolinos.'
Owen Hatherley, culture editor of Tribune and author of Modern Buildings in Britain
'Tom Haines-Doran provides an excellent summary of the wrongs of rail privatisation, but that's the easy bit. The best sections of the book are those attempting to provide ideas for sorting out the mess and giving the railways the focus they need to survive at a time of concerns about climate change and inequality.'
Christian Wolmar, author of British Rail: A New History
'Derailed is a fascinating and readable guide to the state of the UK's railways, which shows exactly what needs to be done to build a rail network that works for public good rather than private profit.'
Grace Blakeley, author of The Corona Crash
'Derailed is a brilliant, revelatory book. Deeply researched, lucidly written and humane, it explains the chronic failure of corner-cutting, under-funding and privatisation in Britain's railways - and more importantly, what we can do about it. I commend this book to anyone who has ever wondered why things don't work properly in this country, and wants to know how to fix it.'
Richard Seymour, author of The Twittering Machine
'Derailed is, in short, an indispensable read for anyone with even a passing interest in the railways, either as a passenger or member of staff. I hope that both unions and passengers' groups take notice of it. It can inform the movement well for the next stages of the struggle to get the public-transport system we so urgently need.'
Kevin Crane, Counterfire
'An absorbing read, and its slim paperback format means it is an excellent travelling companion for
a rail journey...'
'This short and accessible book provides an incisive analysis of the reasons for the failure of the privatisation of Britain's rail passenger services.'
Sean McCartney, Emeritus Professor at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London