London Underground: Architecture, Design & History
David Long

London Underground:  Architecture, Design & History

The seminal and pioneering London Underground is more than a mass transportation network – it is a style icon, its history involving some of the most important architects and artists of their time. From Frank Pick’s vision through the creation of Metroland to Holden’s innovative designs for stations above and below ground, David Long expertly weaves the story of the Underground – its abundance of characters (some good, some not so good), design firsts and brand identity – with Jane Magarigal’s atmospheric photography. Exploring its suburban expansion, its bombing during the Blitz and official Soviet visits to see what at the time was a world-leading enterprise, this book celebrates what remains a magnificent engineering and aesthetic achievement whilst providing an affectionate if slightly elegiac portrait of a London which is now gone for good.

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  • Author: David Long
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    • UK: The History Press

David Long

David Long spent 25 years writing features for national newspapers and editing glossy magazines before turning to books, initially as a ghostwriter. Since then, under his own name, he is the author of many successful non-fiction titles for adults and children. With an engaging historical focus, his books have been well received by readers and reviewers alike and translated into a dozen languages. In 2017 his book Survivors was the Blue Peter Book of the Year. He lives in Suffolk, is the father of two boys, and has made regular appearances in the Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Pe...
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Book Reviews

  • "Tells the story of how a humble transport system rapidly became one of the city’s greatest icons."
    Spectator
  • "Constitutes a significant effort by author and photographer…a lasting memento of a great British institution."
    The Historical Association
  • "One of the most beautiful books about the London Underground I have ever seen and, trust me, I’ve seen a lot."
    Going Underground
  • "I’ve reviewed many of David Long’s London books and will confess I’m a bit of a fan. Long uses beautiful, architectural descriptions that are still accessible and easy to read."
    Laura Porter, About London