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A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line: The Jubilee Line (Penguin Underground Lines)
 
 

A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line: The Jubilee Line (Penguin Underground Lines) [Kindle Edition]

John O'Farrell
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Comic genius (Mirror)

A consistently humorous writer (Mail on Sunday)

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John O'Farrell, author of The Man Who Forgot His Wife, An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and Things Can Only Get Better, turns his comedic genius to the problem of capitalism, encapsulated in a Tube train full of passengers stuck underground - part of a series of twelve books tied to the twelve lines of the London Underground, as Tfl celebrates 150 years of the Tube with Penguin



'Authors include the masterly John Lanchester, the children of Kids Company, comic John O'Farrell and social geographer Danny Dorling. Ranging from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. All experience the city as a cultural phenomenon and notice its nature and its people. Read individually they're delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city' Evening Standard



'Exquisitely diverse' The Times



'Eclectic and broad-minded ... beautifully designed' Tom Cox, Observer



'A fascinating collection with a wide range of styles and themes. The design qualities are excellent, as you might expect from Penguin with a consistent look and feel while allowing distinctive covers for each book. This is a very pleasing set of books' A Common Reader blog



'The contrasts and transitions between books are as stirring as the books themselves ... A multidimensional literary jigsaw' Londonist



'A series of short, sharp, city-based vignettes - some personal, some political and some pictorial ... each inimitable author finds that our city is complicated but ultimately connected, full of wit, and just the right amount of grit' Fabric Magazine



'A collection of beautiful books' Grazia



[Praise for John O'Farrell]:



'Comic genius' Mirror



'A consistently humorous writer' Mail on Sunday



John O'Farrell is the bestselling author of four novels, including The Man Who Forgot His Wife. He has also written comic non-fiction such as An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, the political memoir, Things Can Only Get Better and three collections of his popular Guardian column.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846146348
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEGQPD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John O'Farrell is the bestselling author of several novels including The Best A Man Can Get, This is Your Life, May Contain Nuts and The Man Who Forgot His Wife. He has also written the very successful history books An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, as well as a political memoir, Things Can Only Get Better. A former comedy scriptwriter for shows such as Spitting Image and Alias Smith and Jones, he is the founder of the satirical website NewsBiscuit and is well known for appearing on TV programmes including Grumpy Old Men, The Review Show and Have I Got News For You.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the norm 13 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know it was a short story, and I know it had to be centred around the Jubilee line, but this was just a bit contrived and not Mr O'Farrells usual excellent writing....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly bonkers and made me chortle 31 July 2013
By Skip
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fantastical dream sequence, which would give any former student hothead who has gone a bit soft in middle age something to laugh about.
As if the thought of Noam Chomsky in a punch up wasn't enough, we then get Maggie making an appearance on the jubilee line.

Not a classic novel, but a really good read. And just the right length for tube reading.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief but worthwhile 2 April 2013
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A great short story, full of funny remarks and an oddly thought provoking debate among the characters. While this is definitely not a book to take on holiday (you'll finish it on the flight), I can't recommend it enough for some entertainment on a commute or light reading.

As ever with Penguin, the binding is superb and cover art dead on.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Left Turn. 7 Aug 2013
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John Farrell's writing obviously enrages those on the right as one review of this book demonstrates. But this warm and witty history of the Jubilee Line, also puts all sides to the debate of who can best run Britain - individualists or collectivists. Originally to be called The Fleet Line, the Jubilee Line was named, without consulting the public, by the Tory leader of the GLC and completed two years AFTER the 1977 Queen's silver jubilee. In the final analysis, who should run Britain - democratically elected politicians at Westminster or The City bankers and international spiv capitalists at Canary Wharf? Since New Labour (with the Tories demanding even less restrictions) allowed the latter unrestricted freedoms - from lending money to those who can never pay to employment based on Zero Hours contracts - the Left has won the argument but nobody is listening any more. This book is never angry, but it carries with it a sadness of what might have been. "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe themselves to be free". Goethe's word's ring truer than ever.
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