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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752447467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752447469
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Brandon has been researching railway history for forty-five years, and has a strong interest in paranormal activity. He has run courses for Nottingham University called London under London looking at abandoned underground stations. Alan Brooke has over twenty years experience as a history lecturer to Higher Education level. The authors have co-authored five books about Londons history, including London; City of the Dead due to be published this year by The History Press. They both live in Peterborough.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nick643vgs on 3 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I have recently started a new job which means I have to travel into London frequently, the job itself is on the railways so I have an interest in their construction, of course one of the most fascinating railways is the London Underground.
I saw the end of a program on TV about Ghosts on the underground and being a bit of a believer decided I should read up on the subject, hence this book.
The book itself is quite thin and glossy and at first I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a bigger volume, I was not disappointed once I began to read.
There is a very brief description of what a Ghost could be, a tiny bit of history of the underground and then on to the main event - the ghosts.
The book goes through the main hauntings in a decent amount of detail, the history of the ghost when alive is interesting as are the accounts of witnesses to the spooks themselves. Some of the stories are a little frightening, some are deeply moving and one cant help feeling sad for some of those who's appalling treatment when alive traumatized them to the point that they are left to walk the tunnels for infinity, one such ghost is Anne Naylor, a young girl whose ghost walks the station at Farringdon, sobbing as she goes, her torment eternal due to the treatment she received on this earth, her story brings a tear to the eye (how can humans do that to each other).
Towards the end of the book the stories and accounts reduce from several pages to perhaps one paragraph of speculation about what MAY lurk at some of the other stations.
I read this book on the train to London and aside from enjoying the stories I took great amusement from some of the looks I was being given by fellow passengers who were not going to catch the bus to the office as I do!!
Well worth reading, weaker towards the end but leaves you wanting to know more, isn't that the idea of a good book?
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. Scott on 11 Jan. 2009
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I have to admit I purchased this book not expecting much as I have been a bit disappointed with previous books on hauntings that I have picked up. I found this book to be exactly what I was after; A solid coverage of hauntings on the London Underground without going overboard with unnecessary details.

It has details on numerous sightings and encounters throughout the network and also provides an ample amount of background information relating to the specific locations. A bonus with this book is that there are numerous photos throughout the text which are great for people like myself who are not familiar with London.

As most of the stories only cover 1-2 pages I found this book great when I had a few minutes to fill in. I definitely recommend this for anyone interested in the spooky side of the Tube.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By History Lover on 7 Oct. 2008
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Will you ever travel on the underground again without constantly looking over your shoulder? Not after reading this! Lots and lots of well written stories about ghosts and unexplained happenings in the London Underground. Atmospheric and well detailed, this is the perfect reading material for curling up on cold winter nights in front of the fire. Would make a good Christmas gift for the discerning ghost story fan. I have read numerous books about haunted sites, and this one certainly does not disappoint. Highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lisa A. Parrott on 10 April 2009
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Many of us go on the underground on a daily bases without a thought of these dark tunnels. On a winters night you can hear the wind down on the stations, spooky? This book tells the stories of it's ghost and the history behind the hauntings. You will never wait at the tube stations and feel the same again!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By downkiddie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2012
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This very interesting book covers a wide range of ghostly goings on in London's Underground network, and provides a large dose of social history to boot. Indeed, the authors themselves are social historians and whilst not necessarily believing or disbelieving the stories contained within, they approach them with fascination from a social history viewpoint.

Arranged in an easy to read manner, the chapters provide a general introduction to the Underground and a general introduction to ghosts (sometimes veering widely off-topic but well written and interesting, and after all providing a good introduction). There's an A-Z of haunted stations (Aldgate to West Brompton anyway) and information on other transport and London-related hauntings. They also summarise a selection of films and stories using the Underground as a setting.

Despite its title and subject matter this book isn't chock-full of ghosts, something which in my view is a good thing. For each of the entries in the haunted stations section for example at least half of the text covers the general history and engineering of the station. This for the most part does set the ghost story that follows in context, and even where it doesn't it's still interesting - if you're interested in the Underground. If you only want ghosts then I suppose it could be seen as boring.

This book is clearly written for people interested in the Underground and transport as much as people interested in ghosts. As a whole it's a very interesting and well written book, full of enjoyable and occasionally chilling tales. The introductory paragraphs show a distinct M.R. James influence on the writers and anyone who uses the Tube will have some of these stories in their head next time they travel.
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