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A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line (Penguin Underground Lines) Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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Comic genius (Mirror)
A consistently humorous writer (Mail on Sunday)
About the Author
John O'Farrell is the bestselling author of four novels, including The Man Who Forgot His Wife. He has also written comic non-fiction such as An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, the political memoir, Things Can Only Get Better and three collections of his popular Guardian column.
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In order to escape, the author – and his fellow passengers - needs to make a decision about which way to go to reach safety. Although constrained by a tunnel they need to choose a path defined by either the Left or by the Right.
So begins a (sort of) debate about the way forward and which political light should guide it. The cast of characters in the tube train is drawn from the heroes and heroines of both sides of politics, as well as members of the public.
Much of the detail of the financial comings and goings that built the new parts of the Jubilee Line occurred after I left the UK, but even from the distant shores of Australia there was enough detail in the book for me to follow the lines of argument and disagreement.
It’s reasonable to say that this books reaches no firm conclusions on its central debate, but it does entertain on the way to a point of no conclusion.
I have to say that the end of the book is rather predictable, using a device beloved of Soap Operas when an unlikely plot line needs to come to en end.
A brief and generally entertaining read.
As ever with Penguin, the binding is superb and cover art dead on.
As if the thought of Noam Chomsky in a punch up wasn't enough, we then get Maggie making an appearance on the jubilee line.
Not a classic novel, but a really good read. And just the right length for tube reading.
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