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Books about London

Books about London
Posted on Jul 28, 2002 – 02:36 AM by Anthony Waldstock

This is a selective catalogue of books about London which are in print and available from most high-street bookshops and the on-line bookstores. The catalogue is a growing one and more books will be added as they are published. Some out of print books can be found in specialist bookshops and, sometimes, in the major on-line bookstores. If you are having difficulty in finding a particular book, whether in or out of print, we might be able to help you. Contact us for details of our .

1: London: The Biography
Peter Ackroyd’s marvellous evocation of the life of the city. London life in all its manifestations brilliantly and effortlessly portrayed. It is all here, the sights, the smells, the sounds and the silences of London through the centuries. This is a quirky approach which dissects the life of the Metropolis into seventy-four vignettes arranged under the usual and not so usual headings. It is, as one expects from Ackroyd, purely and simply a great read! Strongly recommended.

2: The Annals of London
A year by year account of the events in London from the building of the very successful Westminster Abbey to the disaster of the very unsuccessful Millennium Dome. This is a well-illustrated, well-researched and thoroughly readable chronicle of the life of London. Among the events covered are the founding of London’s churches, hospitals, schools, theatres and newspapers, the technical and medical achievements of its citizens and institutions, the natural events such as the floodings and freezings of the Thames and disasters such bridge and tunnel collapses. Here too you will find executions, assassinations, hangings, murders, fires, and more – much more.

3: An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England
From Islington to Holland Park, kensington to Clapham and Mayfair to Mareylebone, much of the London we know today has been created by its richest inhabitants. After the Great Fire of 1666 London expanded at an enormous rate. The rich were eager to escape the pollution, the overcrowding and the slums. They colonised the surrounding country villages and built over the cornfields and pasture and market gardens, claiming them as their own and dictatting their character for centuries to come. This study examines the fashions of the Regency period, the (exorbitant) cost of living, London high society, clubs and taverns, the common practice of taking a mistress, the country home, and the seaside resort.