Pains on Trains: A Commuter's Guide to the 50 Most Irritating Travel Companions
July 2004, Capstone
In Pains on Trains, Andrew Holmes and Matthew Reeves set their sights on the scourge of the modern office worker - other office workers who clog up trains, buses, boats and planes with their annoying habits and depressing clothes. Pains on Trains is dedicated to the rush-hour veteran and consists of a 'pain-spotting' guide to the very worst people you meet on your daily commute. Each painful character is illustrated in their usual context and supported by a short narrative.
Trial by Commuting.
The Born in a Stable.
The City Boy.
The Death Breath.
The Double Seater.
The Fast Fooder.
The Flamboyant Groin.
The High Flier.
The Later Stater.
The Make Up Artist.
The Mobile Phoner.
The New Worker.
The Night Clubbers.
The Nose Picker.
The Over Your Shoulder.
The Phantom Farter.
The Sardine Packer.
The Social Climber.
The Train Timer.
The Wheeled Caser.
Matt Reeves lives and works somewhat beyond the M25. Rumours that he is the model for 'The Creative' as featured in this book are grossly over-exaggerated. Working on this project has given Matt a more detailed understanding of the UK rail system and its commuters than he would have ideally liked. All proceeds derived by Matt from this book will be put towards his helicopter fund.
"…A new book Pains on Trains offers advice on taking it all [irritating commuters] in your stride..."(Daily Mirror, 24 October 2003)
"…hugely funny…" (Oxford Mail, 31 October 2003)
"…Pains on trains is a hugely funny and brilliantly Observed look at the different types of people…" (Edinburgh Evening News, 1 November 2003)
"…hugely funny…" (Cambridge Evening News, 8 November 2003)
"…hysterically accurate…" (Southern Daily Echo, 8 November 2003)
"…brilliantly observed…" (East Anglian Daily Times, November 2003)
"…hysterically accurate…with wonderful descriptions and illustrations…" (Irish News (Belfast), 1 November 2003)
"....I like to think of myself as fairly curmudgeonly, though I am mild-mannered compared to Andrew Holmes and Matthew Reeves who have produced a book called Pains on Trains...this consists of 50 different types of people who annoy the authors on trains..." (The Guardian, April 2006)