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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Smith Narrator: Karen Cass Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over; in Underground London, acclaimed travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of underground London, it's also an exploration through time: Queen Boudicca lies beneath Platform 10 at King's Cross (legend has it); Dick Turpin fled the Bow Street Runners along secret passages leading from the cellar of the Spaniards pub in North London; the remains of a pre-Christian Mithraic temple have been found near the Bank of England; on the platforms of the now defunct King William Street Underground, posters still warn that 'Careless talk costs lives'.

Stephen Smith uncovers the secrets of the city by walking through sewers, tunnels under such places as Hampton Court, ghost tube stations, and long lost rivers such as the Fleet and the Tyburn. This is 'alternative' history at its best.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kadri | 2/19/2014

    " ... when Ford Maddox Ford wrote, "One may easily sail around England, or circumnavigate the globe. But not the most enthusiastic geographer... ever memorised a map of London. Certainly no one ever walks round it. For England is a small island, the world is infinitesimal amongst the planets. But London is illimitable." - p15 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony | 2/12/2014

    " Fascinating and fun, but the novelty wears off about half-way in. More on the sewers and less on Henry VIIIths tennis courts, please! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cate | 2/1/2014

    " I thought it was good, London from the bottom up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 1/19/2014

    " Having been to London, I was familiar with some of the names so I could visualize while reading. Being American, some of the verbiage and history was lost to me, but the book was pleasurable and informative. I had to sometimes fight to keep my interest in some bits because of the writing style that I found too wordy. I think the book would have been just as informative if Mr. Smith had left several of his words down in those famous sewers and places underground. I am glad I read it....mgc "

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