Book reviews — October 2013
'The Tube: Station to Station on the London Underground', by Oliver Green
Published by Shire Publications Ltd 2012, 120 pages, hardback £6.99. ISBN 9780747812272
At the risk of telling GLIAS members something that perhaps they already knew, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Those of you who attended the AGM in May will have heard an excellent lecture, in recognition of this: 'On the archaeology of the London Underground' given by Oliver Green, who is also the author of this book. Formerly head curator of the London Transport Museum, Oliver is also a co-author of a rather larger volume recently published on the subject: Underground: How the Tube changed London, written in collaboration with David Bownes and Sam Mullins (Allen Lane, 2012). This very reasonably priced, short book from Shire Publications has a slightly different purpose however. It comprises a brief (65 pages) chronological account of the Underground's development over 150 years followed by a series of seven suggested journeys on the system which illustrate and explore that entire history. For completeness, though not part of the underground itself, the DLR, London Overground and Crossrail are all included. Each trip is estimated to take 2-3 hours and of course there is nothing to stop selective sampling from the different routes. On each, key points of history and design are highlighted and there is a guide to further reading at the back.
The book is an attractive, pocket sized hardback designed to be portable and is very well written and illustrated. Following its trails would be an interesting occupation on the weekends between GLIAS walks this summer, planned closures permitting. Martin Adams
© GLIAS, 2013