One novel on the list:
Possession, by AS ByattRead about the other entries on the list.
There comes a crucial moment in Byatt's tale of two modern-day academics who have discovered the love letters of two famous Victorian poets, when the story suddenly shifts to the 19th century. "The man and the woman sat opposite each other in the railway carriage." The train is the transport of illicit love.
Possession also appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best locks of hair in fiction, ten of the best graveyard scenes in fiction, ten of the best lawyers in literature, and ten of the best dragons in literature, as well as on Christina Koning's top six romances critic's chart and among Elizabeth Kostova's top 10 books for winter nights.