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Transport for London, Penguin Team up for Underground Anniversary

The companies are marking the 150th anniversary of the London Underground with a series of books inspired by the 12 historic tube lines.

SHIRT TALES: Transport For London and Penguin are marking the 150th anniversary of the London Underground with a series of books inspired by the 12 historic tube lines. The publishing company asked a select group of Londoners — including writers, editors, and artists — to share their anecdotes of the city.


Among the contributors are Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom, the editors of Fantastic Man, who explore East London in their book, “Buttoned-Up.” Examining British fashion through the history of the shirt, this book delves into “the peculiarity of buttoning  up one’s shirt, especially in East London.”


Jonkers and van Bennekom, who first arrived in London in the 1980s, also write that they love wandering around town and do indeed use the Underground. “We regularly refer to the London Tube Map app, but we know the escalator at St. John’s Wood station takes 56.5 seconds to ride,” they write in the book.


Other contributors to the series include writer Richard Mabey, artist Philippe Parreno and author Peter York. There are 12 books in the series, which will be available for purchase for 4.99 pounds, or $7.50 at current exchange, on March 7th.