Underground, Overground by Andrew Martin

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But where Martin's book comes into its own is on the experiential aspects of tube travel – and this is what justifies its subtitle as a "passenger's history".
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Why is the Victoria Line so hot? What is an Electrical Multiple Unit? Is it really possible to ride from King's Cross to King's Cross on the Circle line?


The London Underground is the oldest, most sprawling and illogical metropolitan transport system in the world, the result of a series of botch-jobs and improvisations.Yet it transports over one billion passengers every year - and this figure is rising. It is iconic, recognised the world over, and loved and despised by Londoners in equal measure.


Blending reportage, humour and personal encounters, Andrew Martin embarks on a wonderfully engaging social history of London's underground railway system (which despite its name, is in fact fifty-five per cent overground). Underground, Overground is a highly enjoyable, witty and informative history of everything you need to know about the Tube.

 

About Andrew Martin

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Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. He has written for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times, the Independent on Sunday the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman among others. His 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways are published by Faber.
 
Published April 26, 2012 by Profile Books. 321 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Will Self on May 24 2012

But where Martin's book comes into its own is on the experiential aspects of tube travel – and this is what justifies its subtitle as a "passenger's history".

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Reviewed by Alexander Larman on May 12 2012

...this compact yet comprehensive study should help pass the time for anyone unlucky enough to find themselves stuck in a tunnel awaiting "further announcements".

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