London: The Biography

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Anchor Books, 2003 - History - 801 pages
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Here are two thousand years of London’s history and folklore, its chroniclers and criminals and plain citizens, its food and drink and countless pleasures. Blackfriar’s 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  - Nathan Gaskin - Goodreads

Ackroyd's portrayal of early London life has helped me to understand the intricacies and history of early and modern city life. Portraying every aspect of London as though it were a living body. This is a must read for anyone hoping to understand the complete history of London. Read full review

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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 too hard ... Read full review


The City as Body
Jom Prehistory to 1066
The Stones

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About the author (2003)

Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent books include the biographiesDickens, 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, andThe Guardian fiction prize. He lives in London.

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