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'Literature' Tube map replaces stations with titles of books set in the area

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 18/05/2019 Megan White

a close up of a map: The map replaces Tube stations with novels set in the area (In The Book) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The map replaces Tube stations with novels set in the area (In The Book) Book enthusiasts have designed an alternative Tube map, replacing station names with the titles of novels set in the area.

The London Underground map features book titles from authors including Charles Dickens, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith.

The map, which covers most of zones one and two, includes seven appearances from Mr Dickens, with Colin MacInnes featuring three times and Graham Greene appearing twice.

Sherlock Holmes, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, replaces his home station of Baker Street. 

It also featured books such as The Girl on the Train, Oliver Twist and Paddington Bear.

The map was created by book personalisation company In The Book.

Spokesman Tom Matthews said: "The map aims to give a comprehensive geographical guide to London's diverse literary history.

“We're all familiar with Charles Dickens, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, but it's also titles such as Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows that help colour areas of the city in their own unique way.

“It was created to showcase London's rich literary history for both locals and tourists. As bookworms ourselves we feel that literature has a unique was of painting places like few other things can.

“For instance, we found it fascinating how certain genres and authors "owned" certain parts of the map: Dickens' London dominates the Central Line, while Gothic Victorian works Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all haunt the Piccadilly Line.

a close up of a map: 2040 Tube map: The impressive design shows how much the London Underground transport network may change in the coming years (Alastair Carr) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited 2040 Tube map: The impressive design shows how much the London Underground transport network may change in the coming years (Alastair Carr)

"Zadie Smith takes the Jubilee Line to the northwest while Amis is more prominent around West London."

This is the latest in a series of alternative maps to have been dreamt up.

Graphic designer Alastair Carr has previously created an “inside-out” Tube map, which depicts a world in which Edgware is the epicentre of the capital and Heathrow Airport has hundreds of planes flying every day into the heart of London.

The London Underground enthusiast also combined the Tube map with a plan of the Beijing subway, predicted how the city’s transport network could look in 2020 and charted all the branches of Waitrose and Lidl in London.

British web developer Peter Trotman also completely redesigned the map, plotting the various stations into an interactive travel time map that moves around as you use it.

The result is an easy-to-use journey planner which will tell you exactly how close each Underground station is to your starting point.

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