London Underground's Strangest Tales : Extraordinary but True Stories, Paperback

London Underground's Strangest Tales : Extraordinary but True Stories Paperback

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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of London's Underground, or as it is affectionately referred to, the Tube.

Though this isn't the usual side of the Tube the tourists, travellers and residents see. (Though, of course, they do see a great deal of strangeness in their daily commutes!).

This is the real Underground, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of what happens hundreds of metres below millions of London legs - from its peculiar past through to its paranormal present and looking forward to its fascinating future.

Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to London's globally envied, and much loved, public transport system.

Located deep beneath the heart of Greater London, the Underground is awash with more strangeness than you can shake your pre-paid Oyster card at.

In 2013 the whole city will be celebrating the Underground's 150th birthday - the oldest underground in the world.

So, pack up your old kit bag and travel stop-by-stop with us on this strange and fantastic journey along the Northern, Picadilly, Metropolitan, Jubilee, Hammersmith and City and District Line ...and explore the Underground as you've never seen it before. London Underground's Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the humorous, the odd and the baffling - an alternative travel guide to the Underground's best-kept secrets.

Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word Count: 35,000


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 1 map illustration
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular culture
  • ISBN: 9781907554971



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Ever since it opened in 1863, the London Underground has helped to transport billions of travelers all over Greater London. Iain Spagg’s London Underground’s Strangest Tales provides a chronological collection of tidbits, asides, and goofball stories to help tell a different story of the train line’s history. While many of the chapters are interesting, coincidental, or historical, they aren’t really strange. Don’t get me wrong, the information presented here is fun and useful for a lot of trivia contests (like, for instance, only two people has ever been transported on the Tube on their way to be buried: Prime Minister William Gladstone and philanthropist Thomas Barnado). The writing is jovial and breezy and you can whiz through this book in a few hours, but don’t expect to be regaled with tales of intrigue and sensationalism. A quick and fun book.