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London Under by Peter Ackroyd.. I lost my glasses on the London Underground when I was 11. But the arrival of this book almost makes up for it. What a grand, grand underworld –– and a great story of its making and history. Especially the WW2 section.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Don’t make me go down there again. The prolific Peter Ackroyd, having written histories and fictions covering every square inch of London above ground (“London: The Biography,” “Thames: The Biography,” “The Great Fire of London,” “The Lambs of London”), has turned his attention to the world below, dashing off a windy treasure called “London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets.” He seems obsessed with reminding us that the living aren’t meant to linger underground — and when we do, that we shouldn’t be surprised to encounter the dead and occasionally the undead. “There may be monsters,” he writes. Mind the gap indeed."

The New York Times

"There is perhaps no other English writer today as dedicated a Londoner as Peter Ackroyd."

SF Gate

Author bio: Equally acclaimed for both his inventive biographies and his formally diverse fiction, Peter Ackroyd blends past and present, fact and fiction in his writing, much of which revolves around the city of London, evoked as both a powerful physical presence and as a sinister brooding metaphor, haunted and animated by its past and its characters, both real and imaginary. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (228 pp. Subterranean: Print editions only)

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