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By John O'Farrell

John O'Farrell, writer of The guy Who Forgot His Wife, An totally neutral historical past of Britain, and Things Can in basic terms Get Better, turns his comedic genius to the matter of capitalism, encapsulated in a Tube teach choked with passengers caught underground—part of a chain of 12 books tied to the 12 traces of the London Underground, as Tfl celebrates a hundred and fifty years of the Tube with Penguin additionally on hand in a boxed set.

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