Book review – A Northern Line Minute by William Leith

A Northern Line Minute coverFrom the very first sentence of this Penguin Lines tale by William Leith, I found myself utterly vested in the outcome. A smell of smoke on an Underground train? Few things can be more frightening.

And our narrator, a self-confessed tunnel-phobe, who hates to drive, fly and, above all, take Underground trains, carries us through a journey that verges on becoming terrifying, as he becomes more convinced of the smell of smoke, yet more determined to tell himself that can’t be true – he must be imagining it, or it’s normal, or… all the things we tell ourselves when our lives could be in mortal peril, but might not be. Continue reading