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This collection of short stories distills the sweat and tears of the daily commute, along with the occasional magic of a Tube journey: where lives intersect and overlap, small kindnesses are exchanged, flirtatious eyes are caught, and journeys sometimes take commuters much further than they expected… Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk

Latest Episodes

Number Five by Joe Mungo Reed

One of the wonderful secrets of the London Underground is that the trains and tunnels of the Waterloo & City line are often used in films. In this story by Joe Mungo Reed, the final in our podcast series, a daughter visits her film director father on set, to bring a family situation to his attention. In between takes, Laura contemplates their relationship, her childhood and her father’s character: his control, his absorption, his self-belief. Joe Mungo Reed was born in London and currently lives in Edinburgh. He has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. His first novel We Begin Our Ascent (published in July 2018) is described by Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders as “a dazzling debut by an exciting and essential new talent.” Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be a...

25 MIN2018 MAY 23
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Number Five by Joe Mungo Reed

Northern - Kat Gordon

Northern Line is set during the Second World War. Grace, who works in the box office at a London theatre, finds herself caught at Hampstead tube station during an air-raid shelter. The action unfolds in the claustrophobic platform setting and the story explores equality and social responsibility. Kat Gordon read English at Somerville College, Oxford and worked at Time Out briefly after graduating. She has travelled extensively in East Africa where she also worked as a teacher and an HIV counsellor. She received a distinction for her MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway and her second novel The Hunters is out this month. Kat has lived in Budapest and Reykjavik and is currently settled in north London with her partner and young son. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, fromstandard.co.uk. You can ...

25 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Northern - Kat Gordon

She Deserves It - Louisa Young

This episode is a piece of memoir, in which bestselling author Louisa strings moments from her life like beads along the pink ribbon of the Hammersmith & City Line, hooking a memory to each station, from a childhood spent in Paddington to sitting vigil by her beloved’s hospital bed in Euston. Louisa Young was born in London and read history at Cambridge. Sheis the award-winning author of fourteen books, includingMy Dear I Wanted to Tell You,The Heroes' WelcomeandDevotion– three novels set across the early 20th century, following the Locke and Purefoy families from the outbreak of WW1 the 1930s;The Book of the Heart, a cultural history of that most vital organ, andA Great Task of Happiness, the biography of her grandmother Kathleen Scott, sculptor and widow of Scott of the Antarctic. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages. Her latest book is a memoir of her life with the composer Robert Lockhart —You L...

39 MIN2018 MAY 9
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She Deserves It - Louisa Young

Victoria - Janice Pariat

A beautiful, magical story about one woman’s commute from Brixton to Highbury along the Victoria Line each day, to her job as an assistant in an artist’s studio. One day a new platform appears at Green Park station, and Elsa is transported to the metro in Delhi. Janice Pariat is a well-known and well-respected writer in India, and is published for the first time in the UK in 2018 with her novella The Nine-Chambered Heart. Her debut collection of short stories, Boats on Land (2012), won her the Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award 2013 and a Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Seahorse, was shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Literature 2015. She has lived in London and Turin and is currently based in New Delhi. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk https://www.amazon....

28 MIN2018 MAY 2
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Victoria - Janice Pariat

Blackfriars - Matthew Plampin

This is a story based on real events. In January 1862, Frederick Leyland, director of the National Telephone Company and one of the wealthiest men in England, mysteriously died on the platform at Blackfriars… Matthew Plampin read English and History of Art at the University of Birmingham and then completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He now lectures on nineteenth-century art and architecture. Plampin is the author of four previous novels, The Street Philosopher, The Devil’s Acre, Illumination and Will & Tom. His fifth novel Mrs Whistler is published in May 2018. He lives in London with his wife and son. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Whistler-Matthew-Plampin/dp/0008163626 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/...

26 MIN2018 APR 25
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Blackfriars - Matthew Plampin

Circle Line - Joanna Cannon

Margaret, the recently widowed narrator of this story, spots her husband Cyril, on the Circle Line, one week after the funeral. It turns out that the underground is: “‘where you go when you die,’ he said. ‘The underground. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect. To think about what comes next. To wait for God to make a decision about why you’re there, I suppose.’” In Joanna’s story we hear a grieving woman coming to terms with her loss, and finding hope in her future, whilst traversing the city. Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novels Three Things About Elsie and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Her writing has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Guardian, amongst others. She has appeared on BBC Breakfast, interviewed on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5, and is a regular at literary festivals across the UK. Joanna left school at fifteen with one O-level and worked her way through many different jobs – barmaid, kennel ma...

34 MIN2018 APR 18
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Circle Line - Joanna Cannon

My Beautiful Millennial - Tamsin Grey

My Beautiful Millennial is a story about a lonely yet predatory man and a vulnerable young woman who is trying to end their acquaintance. Trekking out across the Metropolitan Line from Aldgate to Amersham, Dido rehearses how she will leave Paul, the man who has taken her for dinner, to watch films, held her unwilling hand, back given her money, grabbed her jaw… The eldest of five sisters, Tamsin Grey spent her early childhood in England, Scotland and Zambia. Her family settled in south London where Tamsin still lives. She has worked as a cucumber picker, a yoga teacher, an oral historian, and as speechwriter to a secretary of state. Tamsin is a civil servant and SHE’S NOT THERE is her first novel. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk For information regarding your data privacy, v...

37 MIN2018 APR 11
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My Beautiful Millennial - Tamsin Grey

Jubilee Line – Layla Alammar

In June 2007, a Kuwaiti tourist rides the Jubilee line, reflecting upon a great betrayal of his teenage daughter, Dahlia. He remembers the stories he would tell Dahlia as a child, tales of a parallel world inhabited by jinn. A world which perfectly overlaps our own, just as the underground mirrors the world sitting above it. As he passes each station, he considers his role as a father, and wonders if there is another world, brushing against this one, in which he was able to protect his daughter. Layla AlAmmar grew up in Kuwait, with an American mother and a Kuwaiti father, and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh.Her work has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, The Red Letters St Andrews Prose Journal, and Aesthetica Magazine where she was a finalist for the Creative Writing Award 2014. Her debut novel The Pact We Made will be published in March 2019. She currently lives in Kuwait and is a regular visitor to London, where she spent many summers as a child....

23 MIN2018 APR 4
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Jubilee Line – Layla Alammar

London Etiquette - Katy Mahmood

Set on 18th November 1987, this short story features one of the most tragic moments in the history of the Tube. Bakerloo opens at Kilburn station and is narrated by William, an old man, and Anjoum, a young student. Over the course of a day we see their lives intersect and overlap, until they finally meet at the now immortalised time of 7.40pm, on the escalator at Kings Cross station. Katy Mahood was born in 1978 and studied at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in publishing, she went on to work in marketing, most recently for the cancer charity Maggie’s. She has contributed to a number of publications on architecture and health and writes a blog which features occasional poetry and short fiction. After many years in London she now lives in Bristol with her husband and two children. Entanglement is her first novel and opens and closes at Paddington station. It was flagged by The Observer as a debut to watch this year. Underground: Tales for London features orig...

20 MIN2018 MAR 28
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London Etiquette - Katy Mahmood

Worm on a hook - Tyler Keevil

The second episode of 'Underground: Tales for London' is a funny, wince-inducing family caper along the central line. A careless father walks his toddler into a pillar while rushing for a train, then faces embarrassment and desperation as they try valiantly to find a hospital. Tyler Keevil is the award-winning author of three novels and lectures in creative writing at Cardiff University. His latest novel, No Good Brother, is available now. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30 MIN2018 MAR 21
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Worm on a hook - Tyler Keevil

Latest Episodes

Number Five by Joe Mungo Reed

One of the wonderful secrets of the London Underground is that the trains and tunnels of the Waterloo & City line are often used in films. In this story by Joe Mungo Reed, the final in our podcast series, a daughter visits her film director father on set, to bring a family situation to his attention. In between takes, Laura contemplates their relationship, her childhood and her father’s character: his control, his absorption, his self-belief. Joe Mungo Reed was born in London and currently lives in Edinburgh. He has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. His first novel We Begin Our Ascent (published in July 2018) is described by Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders as “a dazzling debut by an exciting and essential new talent.” Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be a...

25 MIN2018 MAY 23
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Number Five by Joe Mungo Reed

Northern - Kat Gordon

Northern Line is set during the Second World War. Grace, who works in the box office at a London theatre, finds herself caught at Hampstead tube station during an air-raid shelter. The action unfolds in the claustrophobic platform setting and the story explores equality and social responsibility. Kat Gordon read English at Somerville College, Oxford and worked at Time Out briefly after graduating. She has travelled extensively in East Africa where she also worked as a teacher and an HIV counsellor. She received a distinction for her MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway and her second novel The Hunters is out this month. Kat has lived in Budapest and Reykjavik and is currently settled in north London with her partner and young son. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, fromstandard.co.uk. You can ...

25 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Northern - Kat Gordon

She Deserves It - Louisa Young

This episode is a piece of memoir, in which bestselling author Louisa strings moments from her life like beads along the pink ribbon of the Hammersmith & City Line, hooking a memory to each station, from a childhood spent in Paddington to sitting vigil by her beloved’s hospital bed in Euston. Louisa Young was born in London and read history at Cambridge. Sheis the award-winning author of fourteen books, includingMy Dear I Wanted to Tell You,The Heroes' WelcomeandDevotion– three novels set across the early 20th century, following the Locke and Purefoy families from the outbreak of WW1 the 1930s;The Book of the Heart, a cultural history of that most vital organ, andA Great Task of Happiness, the biography of her grandmother Kathleen Scott, sculptor and widow of Scott of the Antarctic. She is the adult half of Zizou Corder, authors of the best-selling Lionboy trilogy, which is published in 36 languages. Her latest book is a memoir of her life with the composer Robert Lockhart —You L...

39 MIN2018 MAY 9
Comments
She Deserves It - Louisa Young

Victoria - Janice Pariat

A beautiful, magical story about one woman’s commute from Brixton to Highbury along the Victoria Line each day, to her job as an assistant in an artist’s studio. One day a new platform appears at Green Park station, and Elsa is transported to the metro in Delhi. Janice Pariat is a well-known and well-respected writer in India, and is published for the first time in the UK in 2018 with her novella The Nine-Chambered Heart. Her debut collection of short stories, Boats on Land (2012), won her the Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award 2013 and a Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Seahorse, was shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Literature 2015. She has lived in London and Turin and is currently based in New Delhi. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk https://www.amazon....

28 MIN2018 MAY 2
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Victoria - Janice Pariat

Blackfriars - Matthew Plampin

This is a story based on real events. In January 1862, Frederick Leyland, director of the National Telephone Company and one of the wealthiest men in England, mysteriously died on the platform at Blackfriars… Matthew Plampin read English and History of Art at the University of Birmingham and then completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He now lectures on nineteenth-century art and architecture. Plampin is the author of four previous novels, The Street Philosopher, The Devil’s Acre, Illumination and Will & Tom. His fifth novel Mrs Whistler is published in May 2018. He lives in London with his wife and son. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Whistler-Matthew-Plampin/dp/0008163626 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/...

26 MIN2018 APR 25
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Blackfriars - Matthew Plampin

Circle Line - Joanna Cannon

Margaret, the recently widowed narrator of this story, spots her husband Cyril, on the Circle Line, one week after the funeral. It turns out that the underground is: “‘where you go when you die,’ he said. ‘The underground. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect. To think about what comes next. To wait for God to make a decision about why you’re there, I suppose.’” In Joanna’s story we hear a grieving woman coming to terms with her loss, and finding hope in her future, whilst traversing the city. Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling novels Three Things About Elsie and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Her writing has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Guardian, amongst others. She has appeared on BBC Breakfast, interviewed on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5, and is a regular at literary festivals across the UK. Joanna left school at fifteen with one O-level and worked her way through many different jobs – barmaid, kennel ma...

34 MIN2018 APR 18
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Circle Line - Joanna Cannon

My Beautiful Millennial - Tamsin Grey

My Beautiful Millennial is a story about a lonely yet predatory man and a vulnerable young woman who is trying to end their acquaintance. Trekking out across the Metropolitan Line from Aldgate to Amersham, Dido rehearses how she will leave Paul, the man who has taken her for dinner, to watch films, held her unwilling hand, back given her money, grabbed her jaw… The eldest of five sisters, Tamsin Grey spent her early childhood in England, Scotland and Zambia. Her family settled in south London where Tamsin still lives. She has worked as a cucumber picker, a yoga teacher, an oral historian, and as speechwriter to a secretary of state. Tamsin is a civil servant and SHE’S NOT THERE is her first novel. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk For information regarding your data privacy, v...

37 MIN2018 APR 11
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My Beautiful Millennial - Tamsin Grey

Jubilee Line – Layla Alammar

In June 2007, a Kuwaiti tourist rides the Jubilee line, reflecting upon a great betrayal of his teenage daughter, Dahlia. He remembers the stories he would tell Dahlia as a child, tales of a parallel world inhabited by jinn. A world which perfectly overlaps our own, just as the underground mirrors the world sitting above it. As he passes each station, he considers his role as a father, and wonders if there is another world, brushing against this one, in which he was able to protect his daughter. Layla AlAmmar grew up in Kuwait, with an American mother and a Kuwaiti father, and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh.Her work has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, The Red Letters St Andrews Prose Journal, and Aesthetica Magazine where she was a finalist for the Creative Writing Award 2014. Her debut novel The Pact We Made will be published in March 2019. She currently lives in Kuwait and is a regular visitor to London, where she spent many summers as a child....

23 MIN2018 APR 4
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Jubilee Line – Layla Alammar

London Etiquette - Katy Mahmood

Set on 18th November 1987, this short story features one of the most tragic moments in the history of the Tube. Bakerloo opens at Kilburn station and is narrated by William, an old man, and Anjoum, a young student. Over the course of a day we see their lives intersect and overlap, until they finally meet at the now immortalised time of 7.40pm, on the escalator at Kings Cross station. Katy Mahood was born in 1978 and studied at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities. After a brief career in publishing, she went on to work in marketing, most recently for the cancer charity Maggie’s. She has contributed to a number of publications on architecture and health and writes a blog which features occasional poetry and short fiction. After many years in London she now lives in Bristol with her husband and two children. Entanglement is her first novel and opens and closes at Paddington station. It was flagged by The Observer as a debut to watch this year. Underground: Tales for London features orig...

20 MIN2018 MAR 28
Comments
London Etiquette - Katy Mahmood

Worm on a hook - Tyler Keevil

The second episode of 'Underground: Tales for London' is a funny, wince-inducing family caper along the central line. A careless father walks his toddler into a pillar while rushing for a train, then faces embarrassment and desperation as they try valiantly to find a hospital. Tyler Keevil is the award-winning author of three novels and lectures in creative writing at Cardiff University. His latest novel, No Good Brother, is available now. Underground: Tales for London features original short stories by London-loving authors from across the world. Each story, written by a Borough Press author, will be available to Evening Standard readers as a free podcast, from standard.co.uk For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30 MIN2018 MAR 21
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Worm on a hook - Tyler Keevil
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