London: The Biography

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Anchor Books, 2003 - History - 801 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

EDIT 07/13/14: The more I think about this book, the less I like it. I feel like I wasted a lot of time on a confusing, topsy-turvy collection of anecdotes and disconnected facts which tried to hard ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karli - Goodreads

This book is a fantastic achievement. Every aspect of the city is both explained and connected. Its motivations and desires are laid bare. To an American, it cannot help but be interesting as this ... 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 Literature's William Heinemann Award (jointly), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and The Guardian fiction prize. He lives in London.

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