With around a billion passengers a year, more than 250 miles of track, literally hundreds of stations and a history stretching back nearly 150 years, the world’s oldest underground railway is a familiar place to those who use it daily - but actually how well do they know it?
Did you know, for example, that regular Tube commuters can experience greater levels of stress than a police officer facing a rioting mob or a jet pilot going into a dogfight? That feral pigeons frequently travel by train into central London because they know the pickings are richer ‘up west’ than in the suburbs? That William Gladstone and Dr Barnardo are the only two dead people ever granted permission to travel on its trains, or what happened when someone got off the train leaving behind 250 lbs of sultanas?
Whether you’re a commuter or a train buff, a first-time visitor or a live-in London junkie, The Little Book of the London Underground is the funniest and most fascinating guide to the world's oldest, strangest and most extraordinary underground railway, a rich compendium of essential trivia, bizarre but true facts the sort of irresistible lists of nonsense that few of us can resist.
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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