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London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube and Other Stories [Paperback]

Scott Wood
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1 Nov 2013 Urban Legends
How long has a corpse been staring out at passengers on the tube? Was London Bridge really shipped abroad by an American thinking he’d bought Tower Bridge? Did the Queen really mix with the crowds as a princess on VE Day? And did Hitler actually want to live in Balham? Where are there razor blades hidden and where did all these parakeets come from? Did they really belong to Jimi Hendrix? Urban legends are the funny, frightening and fierce folklore people share. Just like the early folk tales that came before them, which were attempts to explain the spiritual world, these tales are formed from reactions to spectacular events in the modern world, and reflect our current values. From royal rumours to subterranean legends, Scott Wood has researched and written about them with a sense of wonder, humour and a keen eye. He finds the truth, the myth and the lies amongst these tales.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752482874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752482873
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Wood ran the South East London Folklore Society for eight years, which has included organising and speaking at the London folklore conference, London Lore, in April 2009. He co-founded the London Fortean Society and gives regular guided walks on the themes of ghosts, folklore and London's forgotten history. Scott writes an occasional column for the website Londonist on "Fortean London", and wrote the afterword on contemporary folklore for Antony Clayton's book The Folklore of London. He lives in London.

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An entertaining collection of some very strange London Urban Legends, both well-known not so well known, and how they originated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read on my morning commute! 11 Feb 2014
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After seeing the writer's talk at a local Skeptics in the Pub meetup, I bought the book for a little light reading on my morning's commute through London. Really entertaining read, makes me want to explore London more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 17 April 2014
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Starts of ok then the writer seems to ramble on about nothing.some of the facts are good but then some seem to be stories from around d the world
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1.0 out of 5 stars No substance really 10 Jan 2014
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I was really disappointed by this book. It felt like just a rehash of gossip blogs, with lots of throw away statements, and poorly written observations.
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