A Circular Tour of the London Orbital

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 8 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781849537698

About the book

Have you ever wanted to know…

  • Which junction to take for Gibraltar?
  • How to save £35,040 a year on Dartford Crossing tolls?
  • How many assassins were buried within the concrete of the M25? (at least one)
  • Why it’s important that North Ockendon declares itself independent from Greater London at the earliest opportunity?

This indispensable biography of a road profiles the 117 miles of Britain’s most infamous motorway, from its controversial origins to its present-day status as backdrop to the lives and commutes of millions. Told with Ray Hamilton’s trademark powers of observation and off-the-wall humour, it is an eye-opening account of the stuff you didn’t know about the M25 – including the action, sightseeing or nature-loving fun you can have coming off at any junction – and a very different view of the stuff you did know. 

About the author

Ray Hamilton is a freelance writer and editor, whose lifelong passions are travel, languages and history. He has edited books on a wide range of subjects, including politics, history, travel, sport, gangland violence and birdwatching! He previously pursued a varied career in government, the highlights of which included multilateral government negotiations in Paris and forays into sub-Saharan Africa.


'One reason... for keeping this book in the car’s glovebox and within reach at all times'

The Sunday Times Driving Website

‘Fun facts and stories and a junction-by-junction guide in perfect time for its 30th anniversary next year’

The Daily Express

‘More than an anorak’s guide’

The Sunday Times