Book Launch: Night Train to Odesa by Jen Stout


Topping & Co Edinburgh host an important and highly relevant event on the Russia-Ukraine war with Scottish journalist and radio producer Jen Stout. Jen joins us to present her latest book, Night Train to Odesa, which Quentin Somerville has praised as ‘an antidote to the cynicism of war’.

Night Train to Odesa

When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, millions of lives changed in an instant.

Millions of people were suddenly on the move. In this great flow of people was a reporter from the north of Scotland. Jen Stout left Moscow abruptly, ending up on a border post in southeast Romania, from where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Her first-hand, vivid reporting brought the war home to readers in Scotland as she reported from front lines and cities across Ukraine. Stories from the night trains, birthday parties, military hospitals and bunkers: stories from the ground, from a writer with a deep sense of empathy, always seeking to understand the bigger picture, the big questions of identity, history, hopes and fears in this war in Europe.

Night Train to Odesa begins in Russia and continues to focus on people, relationships and individuals in Ukraine. It is the account of a young female reporter with no institutional backup or security. Both in language and themes, it is accessible and highly readable.

About Jen Stout

Jen Stout is a journalist, writer, and radio producer from Scotland, frequently working in Ukraine. Originally from Shetland she has lived in Germany and Russia. Her reports are often found in the Sunday Post and on BBC Radio.

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Monday 10 Jun 2024
Ukrainian Community Centre, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB. United Kingdom