'An entertaining and informative history.' -- Paul Barker, Evening Standard
'Christian Wolmar goes beyond the bare facts to give us the human story of the Underground... Fascinating.' -- Metro
'Using a deft selection of facts and anecdotes... The Subterranean Railway captures the enthusiasm of [the Underground's] early years.' -- John O'Connell, Time Out
From the Inside Flap
'A subterranean railway under London was awfull suggestive of dark, noisome tunnels, buried many fathoms deep beyond the reach of light or life; passages inhabited by rats, soaked with sewer drippings, and poisoned by the escape of gas mains. It seemed an insult to common sense to suppose that people who could travel as cheaply to the city on the outside of a Paddington bus would ever prefer, as a merely quicker medium, to be driven amid palpable darkness through the foul subsoil of London...' THE TIMES, 30 NOVEMBER 1861
About the Author
Christian Wolmar, 'Britain's most astute transport observer' (New Statesman), is a writer and broadcaster whose previous books have included Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked Britain's Railways (Aurum). His most recent book is Down the Tube: The Battle For London's Underground (Aurum, 2001) He writes regularly for The Independent, Evening Standard and New Statesman, principally on railway matters, and is a frequent broadcaster on TV and radio on current affairs and news programmes.