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London Underground's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary But True Stories [Paperback]

Iain Spragg
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Book Description

7 Feb 2013 Strangest
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of London's Underground, or as it is affectionately referred to, the Tube. Though this isn't the usual side of the Tube the tourists, travellers and residents see. (Though, of course, they do see a great deal of strangeness in their daily commutes!). This is the real Underground, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of what happens hundreds of metres below millions of London legs - from its peculiar past through to its paranormal present and looking forward to its fascinating future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to London's globally envied, and much loved, public transport system. Located deep beneath the heart of Greater London, the Underground is awash with more strangeness than you can shake your pre-paid Oyster card at. In 2013 the whole city will be celebrating the Underground's 150th birthday - the oldest underground in the world. So, pack up your old kit bag and travel stop-by-stop with us on this strange and fantastic journey along the Northern, Picadilly, Metropolitan, Jubilee, Hammersmith and City and District Line ...and explore the Underground as you've never seen it before. London Underground's Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the humorous, the odd and the baffling - an alternative travel guide to the Underground's best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word Count: 35,000

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907554971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907554971
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Spragg is an author, Londoner and daily Tube traveller. His favourite Underground line is the Victoria line as not only does it has more than its fair share of strangeness, it also connects him to his beloved North London football team. Iain is the author of The Official Team GB Olympic Annual 2012, The Big Book Of Football's Funniest Quotes, The Lewis Hamilton Story and The Reduced History Of Rugby

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Factual Inaccuracies 10 April 2014
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1. At p.33 there is reference to Dr Barnado's coffin being carried from Liverpool Street to Barkingside 'on the Central Line' for his funeral in 1905.The Central Line eastern extension from Liverpool Street was not opened until after the Second World War. I suspect the author should have referred to the steam trains on what was then the Great Eastern Railway ( an overground rail system). It certainly could not have been the Central Line.

2. At p.43 the author suggests that London was not bombed by the Germans in the First World War and that the Tube stations were not used as shelters. London was bombed by the Germans in WW 1, both from Zeppelins and aircraft. The population did use the Tube system as air-raid shelters at that time.

3. At p.73 there is reference to the Plessey 'factory' which was set-up in the Underground tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill during WW 2. The author states that after the war commuters 'once again' became the norm rather than the factory workers. Infact the line here had never previously been used by commuters but was first opened for that purpose in 1947. The Beck Tube Map for 1946 shows this stretch of the Central Line as 'under construction'.

4. Last, and actually least, at p. 60 the author refers to tube train drivers usually having to undergo 'years of meticulous training before they are let loose on a real train'. The training period is actually 22 weeks !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shame no pictures 1 Jan 2014
Without meaning to be pedantic I'd suggest that the title is perhaps a tad misleading as, whilst there are a few "Believe It Or Not" type case histories covered, they are far from the main content of this book which is more a sort of lighthearted history of what is probably the world's most iconic underground railway network. I think in this role the author succeeds admirably, but if you're hoping for a book's worth of jaw-dropping facts and astonishing case histories you may be a bit disappointed.
That said, the author has certainly included plenty of interesting and quirky information, along with mainstream historical fact, all broken down into bite sized chapters averaging about a page and a half each. It's written entertainingly enough in an 'easy reading' style that makes it perfect for dipping into, and I would happily have awarded four stars if it weren't for the glaring and inexplicable absence of even a single illustration, diagram, map or photograph, and I really do mean not a single one. At the very least should have been included a few tube maps of the network as it grew and changed over the years. For me this omission reduces the enjoyment and usefulness of a competent book that has been diminished for want of a few illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok. 20 Jan 2014
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It's ok.

Unfortunately didn't live up to the promise. Looked a lot more engrossing than I found it.

Others may enjoy but unfortunately wasn't for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting read! 15 Aug 2013
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A great book full of interesting facts. Easy to dip in and out of as each fact is a short chapter. Works well alongside google too to gain those visual images of the locations mentioned!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good History Book 31 July 2013
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I brought this for my husband who is doing the London Knowledge. He found it very interesting and I'm sure he'll will pass these interesting facts onto his clients.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 4 Feb 2013
By Tubbs
I found a booklet on the Tube that was a mini version of this book, and the three taster stories that were inside were brilliant. So much so that I ordered a copy straight away! It's a collection of stories all about the Underground, from disused stations to ghosts and slightly gruesome items found left or lost across the network (bull semen and real human skulls anyone?), it's a fantastic little book. Really enjoyed it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London underground 23 July 2013
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Lots of very short and very interesting tales about London underground, You will recal most of them as you travel in the future""
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to dip into on boring tube journeys 28 May 2013
By Kel2011
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I bought this book as I previously read 'London's Strangest Tales' and found it really interesting. It's comprised of lots of short stories about the tube, from the early days of its creation to the present day. It's a nice book to dip in and out of, particularly if you're having a boring journey. The stories are quirky and fun and I often found myself reading 'just one more' before finally putting it down (or, rather, switching off the Kindle). I'd recommend it to anyone who has an interest in London history or who travels by tube on a regular basis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars But for all of that a really nice, quirky trip on the tube - wish the...
If anything I wish it was more detailed. But for all of that a really nice, quirky trip on the tube - wish the real thing was more like it!!
Published 1 month ago by S. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars As yet I haven't read the book; as I ...
As yet I haven't read the book; as I have several books still to read it may be weeks or even months before I start to read it - naturally I will render my relevant opinions in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by STEWART SEYMOUR
5.0 out of 5 stars True underground stories
Good read, interesting facts. Short chapters and succinct so that you didn't get bored. would buy more from this author.
Published 3 months ago by Liza G.
4.0 out of 5 stars really interesting
a good book you can dip in and out of, unusual stories told with a bit of a sense of humour
Published 4 months ago by P R
5.0 out of 5 stars London Underground's Strangest Tales
Living London I am very interested in reading about it, I think this book should be of interest to anyone living and interested in London and using the Underground.
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Lyall
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for a new Londoner
I bought this as a gift for a friend who moved over from Canada. She loves the stories. I was interested enough to buy a copy for myself and I love it too. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Prawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting short stories.
Good light reading....many surprising facts and short stories about the London Underground...may sound boring but it's not.A great little read
Published 7 months ago by Sylvia Green
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
This book was a very good read , its quirky and its interesting with lots of good facts about the London underground network.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. C. T. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable and interesting read
Nice short chapters with lots of interesting facts and storys, found I ended up getting through it very quickly as it had that just one more chapter factor
Published 10 months ago by Spuddie
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