William Leith, author of The Hungry Years and Bits of Me Are Falling Apart, tells, in A Northern Line Minute, the darkly humorous tales of his escapades on the Tube - part of a series of twelve books tied to the twelve lines of the London Underground, as Tfl celebrates 150 years of the Tube with Penguin
'The nervy prose of William Leith could not be more apt for the rather fraught Northern line, and his manic, anxious account ... is probably the most addictively readable thing [in the series]'
'Phobic about tunnels, Leith renders his panic and chagrin brilliantly'
'Authors include the masterly John Lanchester, the children of Kids Company, comic John O'Farrell and social geographer Danny Dorling. Ranging from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. All experience the city as a cultural phenomenon and notice its nature and its people. Read individually they're delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city' Evening Standard
'Exquisitely diverse' The Times
'Eclectic and broad-minded ... beautifully designed' Tom Cox, Observer
'A fascinating collection with a wide range of styles and themes. The design qualities are excellent, as you might expect from Penguin with a consistent look and feel while allowing distinctive covers for each book. This is a very pleasing set of books' A Common Reader blog
'The contrasts and transitions between books are as stirring as the books themselves ... A multidimensional literary jigsaw' Londonist
'A series of short, sharp, city-based vignettes - some personal, some political and some pictorial ... each inimitable author finds that our city is complicated but ultimately connected, full of wit, and just the right amount of grit' Fabric Magazine
'A collection of beautiful books' Grazia
Known for his personal writing and humour, William Leith is a journalist and author of, among others, The Hungry Years.
This is a good, and very short addition to the Penguin series (published in 2013) about the London subway lines.
It's filled with bits about the author's memories of yore but mainly, which is the theme this books circles, of the current fright he is experiencing while seemingly trapped 150 feet underground, completely unsure of what is happening as the train he's in isn't moving anywhere.
Dark and good....Continua