A History of London in 50 Lives

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Oneworld Publications, May 12, 2015 - History - 240 pages
“It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them.” - George VI

As George VI so rightly said, it is the loves, schemes, failures, battles, intrigues and dreams, of the people who live in a city that make it what it is. And in a city as vibrant and chaotic as London those lives are going to be quite extraordinary.

Seeking to unravel the stories locked within each district, London expert David Long turns to the characters that have defined them. From Nanci Astor, Jimmi Hendrix and Harry Gordon Selfridge’s influence on Mayfair, to Karl Marx on Soho, Charles Darin on Bloomsbury, Virginia Woolf on Fitzrovia and Polly the Parrot on Spitalfields, A History of London in 50 Lives, is a positive smorgasbord of the illustrious and notorious.

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About the author (2015)

Writer and journalist David Long has regularly appeared in The Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as on TV and radio in the UK. He has written a number of books on London, including Spectacular Vernacular, The Little Book of London and A History of London in 100 Places. He lives in Suffolk, England.

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