Capitalism and the Jubilee Line: Tube discourses

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line
by John O’Farrell

This was a very different book and I really think that Penguin have pushed the boat out by commissioning this series with tfl to celebrate the 150 years of the Tube.
According to the description this is: John O’Farrell, author of The Man Who Forgot His Wife, An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and Things Can Only Get Better, turns his comedic genius to the problem of capitalism, encapsulated in a Tube train full of passengers stuck underground; and what we get is a story and exposition wrapped up as a dream and his thoughts on just why things got bad in banking and for the economy. We get to the finger in the dyke problem and just who was responsible and various philosophers and philosophies explaining and arguing about the situation.
If nothing else read the blurb on the back where O’Farrell describes himself as 6 foot in his stilettos, 7 out of 10 on the Tube geekiness scale and was once caught adding a new tube line which went to house in a meeting..
However, we picked up this book up at random and now I love the whole series and can’t wait to read more – particularly the one Mind The Child: The Victoria Line by Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company.

4 stars for me – almost but not quite 5! oh and is it fiction? Well, yes of course, but also the contents of the arguments aren’t – so also non-fiction with quite a bit of history – and we have a really soft spot for the Jubilee Line as we use more than any other and its trains usually run every 2 minutes or less, so there is always one coming!

Jubilee Line

Jubilee Line (Photo credit: tiexano)



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