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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780744137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780744131
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Book of the Week. Even the most eager historians will find their knowledge challenged by this new book about the capital.' (Evening Standard)

'It's a book I think everyone should have.' (Robert Elms, BBC Radio London)

'The best possible start for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the hidden city that is modern-day London.' (Guardian)

'David Long's intriguing alphabetical survey - an attempt to impose order on chaos - lists hundreds of little courtyards and alleys, many almost forgotten among the banks and businesses.' (FT)

'This admirably structured and coherent book draws attention to the uncontrived diversity in London's architecture.' (Maxwell Hutchinson, President RIBA)

'The photographs are enigmatically stark, the text rich in anecdotes. Long brings a genuine pleasure to his subject and encourages his readers to look at London with an unceasing curiosity.' (The London Magazine)

'A quirkier look at the subject...plenty of new places here for even the most knowledgeable Londoner to explore.' (Museum of London)

'Quite an incredible wealth of information...an endorsement at the highest level should be given to David Long's new book'. (BBC Radio London)

'David Long tells the story of how a humble transport system rapidly became one of the city's greatest icons.' (The Spectator)

Fascinated by those strange, semi-hidden corners of London most of us cease to notice because we walk by them so often, David Long has been a writer since leaving a first class university with a second class degree in the 1980s. Whilst a columnist for the Sunday People he created a popular weekly cartoon strip which appeared in the Times, and continues to write for a wide diversity of newspapers and magazines both in Britain and abroad. Many of his most popular and best reviewed books reflect his longstanding interest in the less well-known aspects of London, its architecture and eccentric inhabitants - subjects, he says, which simply never run dry.

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‘Bring[s] history to life… a wonderful introduction to a vast subject’

(Go London)

‘David Long deserves a lifetime achievement award for outstanding services in the field of disseminating superior London trivia…  The dedicated London explorer could get much enjoyment from travelling around town, reading the entries “on location”’

(The Londonist)

About the Author

Writer and journalist David Long has regularly appeared in The Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as on TV and radio. He has written a number of books on London, including Spectacular Vernacular, Tunnels, Towers & Temples and the highly successful Little Book of London. He lives in Suffolk, England.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By docrose on 18 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was terrific. There is something from every layer of london's history: Roman ruins, Saxon fishtraps, medieval plague pits and a Tudor spike that played host to many unfortunate bodiless heads. After that gruesome interlude a Stuart pub and some cockfighting provide entertainment, as does London's smart clubland, if they'll let you in. The author takes us East to Barking estates, down into the tube, and home on a Boris Bike. The lighthouse at Trinity buoy - no, Mr. long, I didn't know it was there, nor did I know about the windmill at Brixton. Very satisfying, and so much more entertaining than those dry histories I have attempted - and failed - to labour through. Five stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L on 11 Jun. 2014
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I heard an interview with Mr Long in the radio bout this book, and after that I thought I need to buy it straight after. It was good decision and book is well written. Find out a lot of new thing about London.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Furnell on 11 Nov. 2014
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Good, concise guide. Might have been better with colour photos, glossier paper but the selection of sights is interesting.
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Interesting history but pictures would have helped 4 Jun. 2014
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Format: Hardcover
I basically liked this book, but pictures of the places he is writing about would have helped. Having been to London I was familiar with a lot of the places he was writing about, but pictures would have added to this book. That is my major and only complaint. But it is a good guidebook for tourists.
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