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  • Published: 15 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099557937
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $27.99

Walk the Lines

The London Underground, Overground

An obsessive walks the entire London Underground system overground

Walk the Lines is Mark Mason’s engagingly informative and whimsical account of his quest to walk the entire London Underground system above ground. Over several hundred miles he discovers the gripping history of the city he loves so much, and experiences its still-fascinating present.

The book is a beguiling mixture of observation, musings, triva and chat, ranging from a conversation with the former 'voice of the Piccadilly Line', Tim Bentinck, to the revelation that Westminster Abbey commemorates the first Londoner to carry an umbrella. It also describes the challenges Mark sets himself as he seeks, for example, to establish whether it's quicker to walk or drive along the route of the Waterloo and City Line. Above all it's a celebration of the richness of the capital, of the ways in which past and present live side by side, and of the magnetic pull London exerts on its inhabitants.

  • Published: 15 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099557937
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Mark Mason

Mark Mason's previous non-fiction includes The Importance of Being Trivial, Walk the Lines, The Bluffer's Guide To Football and The Bluffer's Guide To Bond. He is also the author of three novels, and has written for most British national newspapers (though never about anything too heavy), and magazines from The Spectator to Four Four Two. He lives in Suffolk with his partner and son.

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Praise for Walk the Lines

Endlessly fascinating


An extraordinary odyssey

Robert Elms, BBC London

This engaging book puts its best foot forward


Crammed with delightful facts ... a constantly fascinating journey


Rediscovers the Underground

The Times


Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6 Music

Mason may have made himself the Bill Bryson of our capital city

The Bookseller

I was charmed by the book's profusion of insightful anecdotes and fascinating trivia

Walk Magazine

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