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Little Book of the London Underground

Little Book of the London Underground [Kindle Edition]

David Long
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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`Facts to fascinate about the London Underground' --London Evening Standard, 29 October 2009

Product Description

With 980 million passengers a year, more than 250 miles of track, literally hundreds of different stations and a history stretching back nearly 150 years, the world's oldest underground railway might seem familiar, but actually, how well do you know it? This title offers a tube-based trivia for travellers and lovers of London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3319 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XHA4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'The Book of the Week. Even the most eager historians will find their knowledge challenged by this new book about the capital.' (Evening Standard)

'It's a book I think everyone should have.' (Robert Elms, BBC Radio London)

'The best possible start for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the hidden city that is modern-day London.' (Guardian)

'David Long's intriguing alphabetical survey - an attempt to impose order on chaos - lists hundreds of little courtyards and alleys, many almost forgotten among the banks and businesses.' (FT)

'This admirably structured and coherent book draws attention to the uncontrived diversity in London's architecture.' (Maxwell Hutchinson, President RIBA)

'The photographs are enigmatically stark, the text rich in anecdotes. Long brings a genuine pleasure to his subject and encourages his readers to look at London with an unceasing curiosity.' (The London Magazine)

'A quirkier look at the subject...plenty of new places here for even the most knowledgeable Londoner to explore.' (Museum of London)

'Quite an incredible wealth of endorsement at the highest level should be given to David Long's new book'. (BBC Radio London)

'David Long tells the story of how a humble transport system rapidly became one of the city's greatest icons.' (The Spectator)

Fascinated by those strange, semi-hidden corners of London most of us cease to notice because we walk by them so often, David Long has been a writer since leaving a first class university with a second class degree in the 1980s. Whilst a columnist for the Sunday People he created a popular weekly cartoon strip which appeared in the Times, and continues to write for a wide diversity of newspapers and magazines both in Britain and abroad. Many of his most popular and best reviewed books reflect his longstanding interest in the less well-known aspects of London, its architecture and eccentric inhabitants - subjects, he says, which simply never run dry.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent! 24 Nov 2009
I absolutely loved reading this book and I don't even use the tube that often, being an out and out country bumpkin. It's humorous, informative and down right eyebrow-raising in equal measure. David Long obviously knows his subject and has captured the tube, it's foibles and its fancies perfectly. I would strongly recommend this book not only for anyone who uses the tube on a daily basis but to anyone who has any interest in this great and important part of London and its history. It's perfect for tourists, but is intelligent and deep enough for even the most battle-hardened commuter to learn something new from. You never know, it might actually make the journey more bearable with its useful hints and tips on tube etiquette and optimal seating arrangements (just small examples of what this book has to offer). I actually want to go back to London and do an 'underground' tour with this book acting as my guide!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubular Swells! 15 Nov 2009
By RoseC
(....with apologies to fans of Mike Oldfield). Another great and quirky London book that goes beyond the tourist's guide, the social historian's reference book, or the trivia fan's menu of little known facts. This author is a recent discovery for me (see my earlier review), and I am beguiled by the amusing, historical and outrageous tales he lays out for the reader. This is beautifully written in an engaging style that leaves the reader feeling in cahoots, a member of `those who know'. And I loved the cartoons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would improve by removing verbal padding 28 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The brook is a pot-pourri of facts (and factoids) about the London Tube. It contains a lot of hard-to-find (and interesting and occasionally amusing) information. Unfortunately it also contains a lot of padding, for example the complete list of victims of the Bethnal Green crush, or numerous (and pointless) lists of celebrities and songs associated with each Tube station. Pedantic types (like this reviewer) will also find a quite a few amusing spelling mistakes (an émigré settled in London is described as "Russian ex-patriot").
Well, you get what you pay for (2.56 in this case).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but a little disappointing too... 18 Feb 2012
By MacPete
This a very entertaining book which can be read between stops on the bus or tube, or just for fun on a rainy afternoon. Although the timeline section gives you the very basic history of the tube, within the book itself I'd have expected at least some facts on tunneling techniques, the development of the trains and signalling, but no. The section on 'Trains in Drains and Daft Ideas' is fascinating and a great read, but a section on the ideas that did work would have made this a far more complete publication. On far too many occasions the book ends up providing a series of facts in long lists, like a dreaded answer sheet from a pub quiz. David Long does provide an extensive bibliography in the back of the book, though a shorter `recommended reading' list may have been more useful. It is a good read, but for those interested in more than just quirky facts, be warned you'll need to buy something else too, such as the Shire Guide publication, even though the book's forward boasts that the book `will tell you everything you need to know...' The book is well worth its meagre asking price, it's a handy size to carry around and the hard cover gives it a nice tactile quality. Just don't expect it to be the only book you'll ever need if you're fascinated by the London Underground. Had it been possible I'd have given it 3.5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting compendium of facts 16 Sep 2011
By derdle
I have lived in London for 10 years and know a fair amount about the tube. This book is basically a collection of tube facts, some of which I knew, many of which I didn't. No, it's not a completely original piece of work, but given how much information is available about the tube I would be surprised if anyone expected it to be a compendium of "new" stuff. It does, however, do a good job of pulling lots of interesting tidbits into one place. It's split into subsections covering different aspects such as history, the war, the evolution of the tube map, etc. An interesting pocket read which would also make a nice gift for someone with an interest in the tube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tube-tastic 24 Nov 2009
This is a super little book, perfect as a Christmas present for the tube commuter in your life. There's just enough history balanced out with weird and wacky facts, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Heartily recommended and looks great too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little book of the London Underground 3 Dec 2009
After seeing an extract of this book in the London Evening Standard newspaper, I just had to buy it! It's an amusing book full of interesting facts for the train enthusiast! My partner will love it (Christmas present)!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underground review 1 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was very informative but some of the information seemed to be there just to fill up the book e.g. Meaning of station names.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Underground
A book not just for anoraks such as myself but for anyone with an interest in London history or travel. Rob.
Published 4 months ago by Rob Holder
4.0 out of 5 stars PG tips
Full of interesting facts and fun information. Ideal for short reads and dipping into while on the tube. I can read parts again happily as I travel around.
Published 4 months ago by P E Greenfield
5.0 out of 5 stars You like London Underground and Victorian engineering?. You will love...
This is one of those books that you can dip into
Every chapter take you on an enjoyable journey
Well researched and full of interesting information
Published 5 months ago by Radaboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and factual
I downloaded the Kindle version of the book and found it to be very interesting and factual. I love everything about the London Underground and found the chapter detaling some of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tvmender
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
For a cheap book the amount of detail and the interesting facts included make this an essential book for anyone with an interest in the tube.
Published 8 months ago by Nr Nigel Gaunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and quirky,
This little tome is interesting and quirky, full of facts and obscure details. A book to keep dipping into as for further reference.
Published 10 months ago by Nick Rutter
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
fantastic book very informative and fun too also great value on kindle can't go wrong. A must have for every Londoner.
Published 11 months ago by MR GEOFFREY A SAVAGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with passion
Lots of lovely anorak type detail, and a delight to read. A treasure trove of trivia. Thank you, David Long
Published 11 months ago by markwatkinprice
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Book of the London Underground
Gave it as a present to someone who loves all things London and he liked it very much. It gives lots of odd bits of information about the history of the system.
Published 11 months ago by Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining little book
As a regular commuter on the underground I found this book very entertaining and full of interesting facts about something that I just sit on and travel to work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Music Lover
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