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about the station.
Not that FB is particularly interested in stations. Cricket is more his thing and neither novel really delivers much in that area either.
A cricketer’s pulse might be stirred in the first paragraph of Scott’s romance where he writes ‘Would not the owl have shrieked and the cricket cried in my very title-page?’ He should not get his hopes up. This is a tease. The next 600 pages make no further reference to cricket crying or otherwise. In this it has much in common with Trainspotting.
Waverley was Scott's first novel and was a sensation - as in its day was Trainspotting.
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Waverley quickly sold out and went through multiple editions. It is generally reckoned by those who know about these things to be the first historical novel in the English language - without it Game of Thrones would not have been possible. So there.
It is not clear, at least to FB, why Scott chose the name for his central character - a young Englishman with romantic ideals who finds himself in Scotland at the start of the 1745 Jacobite Rising and becomes part of it. He might as well have named his hero Bradman, or Hammond, or Tendulkar.
At that time the only Waverley was a ruined abbey in Surrey, and the adjacent borough. But so massively popular was the novel that a significant number of places were named after it, Edinburgh's principal station most of all.
There is a Waverley in New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia. There is a Mount and Glen Waverley in Melbourne. There are 2 Waverleys in New Zealand and 3 in South Africa. 3 areas bear its name in Canada. There are several listed mansions of that name in the US, and over 30 locations with the alternative spelling Waverly.
|Robson - a link to Waverely|
It is here that similarities between Waverley and Trainspotting end. There are no cricket grounds named after Trainspotting.