Heads and Straights: The Circle Line (Penguin Underground Lines)

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From Lucy Wadham, the bestselling author of The Secret Life of France, Heads and Straights is an autobiographical tale of bohemians, punk, the King's Road in the 1970s, and family—part of a series of 12 books tied to the 12 lines of the London Underground, as Tfl celebrates 150 years of the Tube with Penguin. Also available in a boxed set.

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Lucy Wadham is the author of Lost, shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction, and The Secret Life of France.

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"Penetrating insight and dry observation."  —Independent

"Beautifully clever and intellectually challenging."  —Good Housekeeping



"Effortless wit and keen intelligence."  —New Statesman



"A rich, vital family saga, and a feat of narrative compression."  —Times

"A series of short, sharp, city-based vignettes—some personal, some political and some pictorial. . . each inimitable author finds that our city is complicated but ultimately connected, full of wit, and just the right amount of grit."  —Fabric Magazine

"Authors include the masterly John Lanchester, the children of Kids Company, comic John O'Farrell and social geographer Danny Dorling. Ranging from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. All experience the city as a cultural phenomenon and notice its nature and its people. Read individually they're delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city."  —Evening Standard


"A collection of beautiful books."  —Grazia

"Exquisitely diverse."  —Times

"Eclectic and broad-minded. . . beautifully designed."  —Observer

"The contrasts and transitions between books are as stirring as the books themselves. . . A multidimensional literary jigsaw."  —Londonist

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