It is an entertaining and enlightening social history of the world's most famous underground railway. Why is the Victoria Line so hot? What is an Electrical Multiple Unit? Is it really possible to ride from King's Cross to King's Cross on the Circle line? The London Underground is the oldest, most sprawling and illogical metropolitan transport system in the world, the result of a series of botch-jobs and improvisations. Yet it transports over one billion passengers every year - and this figure is rising. It is iconic, recognised the world over, and loved and despised by Londoners in equal measure. Blending reportage, humour and personal encounters, Andrew Martin embarks on wonderfully engaging social history of London's underground railway system (which despite its name, is in fact fifty-five per cent overground). "Underground, Overground" is a highly enjoyable, witty and informative history of everything you need to know about the Tube.
Paperback published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground
"'I would strongly endorse Martin's book as the stop to get on at' (Will Self, Guardian) 'Martin's knowledge is both encyclopaedic and full of quirky digressions, based on everyday observation... this history has plenty of fun detailing the travails of the Underground's pioneering figures' (Evening Standard) 'A jaunty history... studded with little observational gems... he can occasionally stop you in your tracks with a well-turned phrase' (Sunday Times)"
Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. He has written for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times, the Independent on Sunday the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman among others. His 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways are published by Faber.