By William Leith
William Leith, writer of The Hungry Years and Bits of Me Are Falling Apart, tells, in A Northern Line Minute, the darkly funny stories of his escapades at the Tube - a part of a chain of twelve books tied to the twelve strains of the London Underground.
The Northern Line is the Black Line, and William's adventure of it definitely displays that. It's the road on which he has fought along with his female friend, misplaced jobs, watched soccer groups lose and been caught underground. It's a narrative of London lifestyles.
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We started a movie when we should’ve called it a night, and I was trucking home at three in the morning on a Tuesday. I approached The Gauntlet groggily and hit the first few green lights in a row, no problem. Nothing special, I figured, probably just a tease. After all, The Gauntlet had never lost. But then, before I knew it, I had made a couple more. Then a couple more. Then a couple more. Suddenly I was two lights away from the finish line and I couldn’t believe my luck. Looking ahead I could see that both lights were green, tempting me, showing me what might be possible.