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Friday, 15 July 2011

Walk the Lines

I've just started reading Walk the Lines by Mark Mason. The book covers his adventurous journey above ground following each of the 11 tube lines, covering 269 stations, 403 miles, 912,384 footsteps, and finishes with a very battered pair of trainers.

He begins this amazing trek with the Victoria line. I thought I'd read this book in a few hours. One chapter in and I realise I'm going to have this book in my bag for months. No, not because I am a slow reader, but because already I can see not only will it be a great read but a wondeful reference book to have on hand on my travels. One chapter of Mark's adventures and already I want to trace his footsteps through places you won't find in any guide book. Better gossip than the red tops (trashy newspapers). History that isn't stuffy. If you want the real London then this book is a 'must read'.


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14 comments:

Angie said...

I knew this station so well in the 60s - doesn't look like it's changed that much! I just ordered the book from my library + his other one 'IMPORTANCE OF BEING TRIVIAL IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT FACT'. Mo, you know I'm a sucker from books on London & look forward to more pics.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Like the red highlights.

Karine said...

Oh my gosh, I'll have to get my hands on that book after I'm done reading Edward Rutherfurd's 'London'!

Sharon said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I remember reading one time that if tourists would spend more time walking in London than waiting for tubes, they would get to places faster. On my last trip there, I tried to spend less time taking tubes and I think in some ways that statement was right. Many things are closer together than one might think.

Montreal Photo Daily said...

I was there once and there was a sea of people, so it wasn't a pleasant experience for me. But thanks for the heads up about this book. I will check it out!
Have a happy day MO.

PhotoPuddle said...

I am such a nerd when it comes to the tube. I am so going to order that book! My husband is going to think I'm mad but I think that kind of stuff is fascinating!

Ken Mac said...

sounds very cool. ever read London Orbital? Similar, but covering the ancient Ley lines and history of old london.

Jack said...

This looks like a great premise for a book. When I am in London, I try to walk around the central areas and reserve the tube for the distant runs.

Anonymous said...

il mio primo viaggio a londra inizia da victoria station..... e lo sempre visitata a piedi massimo nei bus....come lo scrittore ogni volta consumo un paio di scarpe e ancora ho voglia di visitarla. ciao elisabetta

William K Wallace said...

Sounds like a fascinating book that I will have to get around to reading at some point...

Steffe said...

Looks like the perfect book for any visitor to London and to the people already living there.

Laurie said...

If you go to www.moxon.net Mark Moxon has done the same thing and written a free ebook called "Tubewalker".

Gunn said...

Sounds interesting....

PhotoPuddle said...

My copy of Walk the Lines arrived in the post today! Thanks for the recommendation!

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