Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground ePUB

Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground As a lifelong fan of London, Mark Mason embarks on a mission to conquer the capital once and for all The only way to truly discover a city, they say, is on foot Taking this to extremes, Mark sets out to walk the entire length of the London Underground overground passing every station on the wayOver the course of several hundred miles, he comes to understand a sprawling metropolis that never ceases to surprise In a story packed with historical trivia, personal musings and eavesdropped conversations, Mark learns how to get the best gossip in a City pub, how the Ritz made its female guests feel good about themselves, and why the Bank of England won t let you join the M northbound at JunctionHe has an East End cup of tea with the Krays official biographer, discovers what cabbies mean by on the cotton , and meets the Archers star who was the voice of Mind the GapOn a broader level, Mark contemplates London s contradictions as well as its charms He gains insights into our fascination with maps and sees how walking changes our view of the world Above all, in this love letter to a complicated friend, he celebrates the sights, sounds and soul of the greatest city on earth

About the Author: Mark Mason

Mark Mason s previous non fiction includes The Importance of Being Trivial, Walk the Lines, The Bluffer s Guide To Football and The Bluffer s Guide To Bond He is also the author of three novels, and has written for most British national newspapers though never about anything too heavy , and magazines from The Spectator to Four Four Two He lives in Sussex with his partner and son.

10 thoughts on “Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground

  1. says:

    Travelogue set in London finding London s soul There isn t exactly a dearth of books about London You don t have to spend hours scouring bookshops or sitting in front of the computer if you want to find out about its history, its people, its rivers or its architecture indeed I guess you could stock a small British town library remember them solely with books about, or se

  2. says:

    As the blurb suggests the book follows Mason who has lived in around London and like many Londoner s I assume has become interested in the ever changing map of the Underground Wandering around where he lives, he travels up a side street he hasn t before and realizes if he continues he ll create a triangle back to his house a realization he hasn t made before He decides to walk th

  3. says:

    Almost as difficult a slog as the actual 20 mile walks, and this is due to the writer, despite having many facts to hand I like a good hard fact , not being as funny as Bill Bryson or puppyishly amiable as Stuart Maconie, or a bit eccentric like Tim Moore all men, these, when will there be a female light hearted traveloguer He s not a great companion, moaning about town planners, the nann

  4. says:

    Inspired That s a challenge for next year.

  5. says:

    Love the way the authors brain is wired up, we must be related some how This book is genius, informative, entertaining and inspiring I ve always thought in Personal Tube Map terms, but never had the correct phrase to explain it to myself Only thing left now is to have a go at this myself Although I don t know that I would re walk all the bits I ve covered where lines either share track or a route if there

  6. says:

    A light but enjoyable read Plenty of interesting trivia and observations As someone who loves to embark on long walks, urban and otherwise, and with a real love of London there was plenty of thought provoking material here.

  7. says:

    This has inspired me to walk the lines myself currently 5 lines done as of writing , and there are some interesting facts in this book, but Mason comes off as a bit snobby and backward at times it s an averagely written book about a riveting subject Further Mason s unwillingness to explore the DLR and Overground seems silly as it misses out swathes of the capital, simply because he classes himself a puritan and doesn t thin

  8. says:

    Do you know the street in London with the most vowels in a row After reading this book you will.

  9. says:

    An interesting read about one man and his desire to walk the London Underground Lines, and see how it all connects I loved it, and disliked it for three equal reasons LOVED1 I really enjoyed the determination and endurance of one man s quest to see it all I mean, I could not walk the distance of a marathon in one day, or over one evening in fact The all nighter one was both fascinating and just crazy in my opinion.2 I laughed so much while r

  10. says:

    Enjoyable birthday gift from a best mate, in which the author conspires to walk the route of each of the London Underground lines, which nevertheless brought to mind a Caitlin Moran quip about George Galloway which I ll paraphrase the kind of activity most commonly considered in the midlife crisis years by men who ve hitherto got away with trying it on and, without exception, think I sound dashing Like Iain Sinclair circumnavigating the M25 for psych

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