The Trainspotter's Notebook: The unmissable book from TikTok's trainspotting sensation
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We are thrilled to be publishing The Trainspotter’s Notebook and can’t wait to invite readers aboard this autumn. From sleeping in a car to get a good shot of 73962 Dick Mabbutt to trainspotting with Niall Horan, Francis Bourgeois has been on one hell of a ride over the past year. Personally I've found rail enthusiasm to be a good way to visit interesting places and meeting interesting people. Would it be cynical to suggest that the guy is a charlatan and his whole 'Francis Bourgeois' persona is a joke (albeit occasionally mildly amusing) which the general public and media / consumer brands have fallen for?
His parents supported this decision granted that he take the module to convert his bachelor's degree to a master's. I look down and pull up my sleeve: I've got goosebumps, making all the hairs on my arm stand on end. In the first year of his social media presence, it was widely believed that Bourgeois had borrowed his moniker from the 18th-century court painter of the same name.Francis shared that he loved writing the book and said: “The anticipation of a train coming by or finding the next spot to watch a loco coming along the tracks is a time of complete focus for me, disconnecting from the rush and busyness of life. Having read the book, however, I have no doubt whatsoever that Francis is 100% genuine in his love for railways. Indeed, except he's not an actor, but gives the impression that either he's slightly dodgy so needs to use an alias or believes himself to be 'famous' enough that he needs an alias to protect his real identity and privacy in some way. Another shows his reaction to the arrival of a British Rail Class 377 train travelling from Littlehampton to Southampton Central, during which he waves at the train driver and then proceeds to fall out of his chair; the video has garnered over six million views.
When he started on TikTok, his gently eccentric performance made me wonder if this was a cleverly constructed comical portrail of a 'train spotter' minus the taped together health specs. However, he films himself by attaching a GoPro to his forehead; if you have seen any of his videos, you will know that this has the effect of distorting his face beyond all comprehension. He was hired by Rolls-Royce  and briefly worked at a car factory in Portsmouth, but resigned in November 2021 following his social media growth.Bourgeois remembers being "obsessed" with BRIO wooden train sets, the "stage before you go to Hornby trains,"  as well as Hot Wheels. As a Rail enthusiast, yeah i admit Francis stuff isn't something i would watch and i think the hobby already has good ambassadors. Thereafter, he began posting other collaborations to social media alongside Rosalía, Thierry Henry in a Puma advert,  and Sam Fender. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts.
Throughout his adolescence, his hobbies consisted of BMX, mountain biking, and going to the skate park. It encourages its audience to reconnect with the passions we all held as children, and gives readers a fresh appreciation for Britain’s industrial landscape and the extraordinary world of the railway.I've followed Francis' journey from his TikTok beginning to this book and enjoyed every step of the journey so far. Later that month, Bourgeois appeared with Josie Gibson on the ITV daytime magazine programme This Morning to discuss the success of his TikTok videos. Francis comes over as such a nice thoughtdul person, and his passion for trains is relliad in a way that is like nothing I have read / listened to before. The only difference is that both of them have managed to do extremely well in the past decade and no one will bat an eyelid anymore if you said you liked either. In The Trainspotter's Notebook , Francis shares his greatest trainspotting adventures and takes you with him across the fields and footbridges of Britain, passing through historic terminals and backwater stations in pursuit of tones, thrash and locomotive perfection.
In mid-December 2021, he was accused of donning a superficial persona after photographs from his adolescence emerged, as well as videos of him raving.
Additionally, he believes that "Francis Bourgeois" has "a bit more of a ring to it" than his given name. He has collaborated with public figures including Thierry Henry, Joe Jonas, Rosalia and Sam Fender, and brands such as Gucci and Spotify. Along the way readers are shown the role of the railways in shaping Britain, and encouraged to form a new appreciation for the majesty of trains and the true pleasure of trainspotting. Winner of the Book of the Year – AudioBook: Fiction Award Cressida Cowell collects her Nibbie from Francis Bourgeois live on stage!