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Peter Ackroyd - London Under (2012)

A brief, brisk trot through underground London: geology, rivers, sewers and the Underground, and a little bit of mythology and literature tacked on for insufficient measure. Some good stories and a bit too much pathetic fallacy for my taste. "The Northern Line is intense and moody.." forsooth!

Worth reading, I suppose, she said with hollow enthusiasm, while she groped for the bag of things destined for the charity shop.

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bibliofile
10th Feb, 2016 21:42 (UTC)
This sounds like a cool sort of book, and Peter Ackroyd has written okay books before. Too bad about the pathetic fallacy though.

Do you think that this book will take some of the interestingness away from some of the current genre books that dabble in London's under? Though I suppose the pub date is too recent to attribute those elements to the authors having read Ackroyd's book.
coth
14th Feb, 2016 19:23 (UTC)
I suspect that he just did this one with the offcuts of his massive history of London, which I read bits of a couple of years ago but is too big to carry around.

I think overall it will just add to the impression of London under being built up from David Aaronovitz, Pratchett, etc. as well as other non-fiction about London which I read as an occasional interest.
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