London: the biography

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Anchor Books, Apr 8, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 848 pages
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Here are two thousand years of Londonís history and folklore, its chroniclers and criminals and plain citizens, its food and drink and countless pleasures. Blackfriarís and Charing Cross, Paddington and Bedlam. Westminster Abbey and St. Martin in the Fields. Cockneys and vagrants. Immigrants, peasants, and punks. The Plague, the Great Fire, the Blitz. London at all times of day and night, and in all kinds of weather. In well-chosen anecdotes, keen observations, and the words of hundreds of its citizens and visitors, Ackroyd reveals the ingenuity and grit and vitality of London. Through a unique thematic tour of the physical city and its inimitable soul, the city comes alive.

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This is a book that allows you to have an inkling about all things London, but insight into nothing. The short chapters are easily digestible, but leave far too much white space, in terms of content ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paola M. - Goodreads

I usually read the original version of Engish/American books but I got this one translated into Italian. I thought I would have missed something - lost in translation - and I might have. What I did ... Read full review


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Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent books include the biographies Dickens, Blake, and Thomas More and the novels The Trial of Elizabeth Cree, Milton in America, and The Plato Papers. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literatureís William Heinemann Award (jointly), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and The Guardian fiction prize. He lives in London.

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