3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Shame no pictures,
This review is from: London Underground's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary But True Stories (Paperback)
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.