By John O'Farrell
'Sometimes you listen humans say "Oh I had a nightmare trip at the tube" and also you take into account that their travel domestic at the London Underground was once extra disagreeable than ordinary. We don't take the observe 'nightmare' to intend that during the center of a packed carriage they actually realised that they have been donning their pyjamas after which felt their enamel crumbling as their formative years maths instructor stood earlier than them pointing and giggling, purely it wasn't precisely the Tube since it used to be additionally the kitchen.'
A Tube educate is caught underground as the economic climate above has collapsed. How has this occurred and the way will the passengers get out? Will they must holiday the foundations of Underground etiquette and really communicate to one another? In John O'Farrell's caustically humorous brief tale, not anything is certain.
The urban is full of tales. In twelve books, twelve writers inform their stories of London existence, every one encouraged by means of a distinct Underground line. a few are own, a few are polemical; each is unique.
John O'Farrell, writer of The guy Who Forgot His Wife, An completely neutral background of Britain and Things Can purely Get Better, turns his comedic genius to the matter of capitalism, encapsulated in a Tube teach packed with passengers caught underground – a part of a chain of twelve books tied to the twelve strains of the London Underground, as TfL celebrates a hundred and fifty years of the Tube with Penguin.
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A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line (Penguin Underground Lines) by John O'Farrell