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A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line (Penguin Underground Lines) [Paperback]

John O'Farrell
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7 Mar 2013 Penguin Underground Lines

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

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'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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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846146348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846146343
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Comic genius (Mirror)

A consistently humorous writer (Mail on Sunday)

About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In fear of collapse 18 Jun 2014
By Stewart M TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
On the Jubilee Line our author faces a life-threatening situation – the collapse of the world order, or perhaps the collapse of a section of tunnel, or maybe both.

In order to escape, the author – and his fellow passengers - needs to make a decision about which way to go to reach safety. Although constrained by a tunnel they need to choose a path defined by either the Left or by the Right.

So begins a (sort of) debate about the way forward and which political light should guide it. The cast of characters in the tube train is drawn from the heroes and heroines of both sides of politics, as well as members of the public.

Much of the detail of the financial comings and goings that built the new parts of the Jubilee Line occurred after I left the UK, but even from the distant shores of Australia there was enough detail in the book for me to follow the lines of argument and disagreement.

It’s reasonable to say that this books reaches no firm conclusions on its central debate, but it does entertain on the way to a point of no conclusion.

I have to say that the end of the book is rather predictable, using a device beloved of Soap Operas when an unlikely plot line needs to come to en end.

A brief and generally entertaining read.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, bonkers and very, very true. 22 July 2014
By Anna C
Format:Kindle Edition
London's Jubilee Line as the most brilliant metaphor for capitalism and where we all are. Fellow passengers include Noam Chomsky, Roger Scruton, Maggie Thatcher and Anthony who may be poor deluded Giddens. An inspired idea carried out beautifully.
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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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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