The London Underground celebrates 150 years of service next year, 2013. As part of the celebrations, Penguin Books are publishing a whole list of new titles to tie into the anniversary, with a collection of short paperbacks devoted to the individual lines, a definitive history of the system, a book of poems and philosophical works taking the concept of transit as their starting point.
The Bookseller reported that each of the line paperbacks “will be published by Penguin Books in March 2013 at a price of £5, preceded by Underground: How The Tube Shaped London by Sam Mullins, the director of the London Transport Museum, alongside David Bownes and Oliver Green, to be released by Allen Lane in October (£25).”
It is a wholly appropriate match, as Penguin Books were born in a train station, after Allen Lane had a brainwave on a platform at Exeter station when searching its bookstall for something to read on his journey back to London.
John Lanchester’s What We Talk About When We Talk About The Tube will offer the author’s take on the District Line, while Paul Morley will tackle the Bakerloo line with Earthbound. There will also be a book dedicated to the iconic design of the Underground, from its maps to its posters.
Helen Conford, Penguin Press publishing director, said: “The Underground and its map shape our imaginative understanding of London, as well as transporting visitors and residents from one place to another, and we wanted our publishing to do the same.”
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