I blame myself.....from the synopsis I thought this book was filled with stories of lost stations, the inner workings of the tube, etc, and in part it is - well pertaining to that station it is.
It is primarily however, more of a history of the ACTUAL place rather than the tube history. Yes it does start by saying "Acton was formed by the xxxxxx railway company in 19xx and was joined to the tube in 19xx" for example but then continues with a description of the once sleepy hamlet and where the word 'Acton, hackney," etc comes from in olde english/anglo saxon etc.
This is interesting but after many many stations it does get repetitive.
GREAT for reference though I must say, just not what I was hoping for. I'm more 'nerdy' and want to know the ins and outs of the tube, what goes on below hidden from view. What am I zooming past? Not how Guy Fawkes was nabbed.
The author deserves credit for excellent research and lovely prose, and for anyone wanting info regarding place name history and a bit of background its great. As a 'how the tube was built' book, I'm less convinced.