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I like London, in an I-live-there-and-itís-a-nightmare-but-kind-of-cool way. I also like a good book about the place. Which is why I picked this up in a three for two offer at one of the big bookshops in the West End a while ago. It looked like it might be quite interesting, and there were ... Read review
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Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets - Stephen Smith

Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets - Stephen Smith

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Almost as bad as having to take the Tube to work every day

AdvantagesThere are a few good bits and pieces

DisadvantagesThe writing style is intensely annoying

"...describes his explorations of various underground bits of London, from sewers and dead Tube stations to fallout shelters and cemetery catacombs. He also throws in a fair bit of the history around them. Potentially interesting stuff, but somehow the book just ended up irritating me. The problem is that it rapidly becomes obvious that the book isnít really about whatís under London, itís about how the author reacts to whatís under London. Instead of ..." Read review
17.12.2011

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Community Level 8frkurt

frkurt

Glorious foundations...

AdvantagesAn interesting travelogue, with some good bits of information

DisadvantagesOccasional disjointed writing, and no photographs, alas...

"...of the history of London underground with a vignette about miners - these may well be Welsh and North England coal miners, but here in London they dig for space below the city, space that can be used for utility conduits and that most massive of subterranean projects, the London Underground. With regard to the London Underground, again the truth is far more fascinating than at first glance. Smith talks about Beck's map of the Underground (a rather ..." Read review
19.10.2005

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Where The Sun Doesn't Shine

AdvantagesSome interesting insights

DisadvantagesTries too hard to be funny

"..."Roman London" "Anglo-Saxon London" etc. London Underground and especially its closed stations is a fascinating subject. The author admits to having cured his phobia of using it through his travels in researching this book. All sorts of interesting stories are highlighted: the ghosts, the use of the tube as shelters and secret meeting places during the last world war, Sadly Smith adopts a flippant "it's only poor little me" persona far too ..." Read review
20.04.2005

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Community Level 2booeymojo

booeymojo

Time to learn what your walking on

AdvantagesPacked full of facinating information

Disadvantageslacks some detail in places

"I picked up this booked whilst working in London for a few weeks thinking i would learn more about the city and that was the understatement of the century. As i greedily absorbed everything Smith told me in the calm yet highly detailed and referenced manner that he writes i started to become facinated with all things underground. I now cant go on The Tube without gluing my face to the window to try and glimse long closed stations. This book was truely ..." Read review
04.12.2008

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Country England
Continent Europe
Author Stephen Smith
Title Underground London
Subgenre City Travel Guide
Genre Travel
Type Non-Fiction
ISBN 0349115656
EAN 9780349115658
City London

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