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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (6 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333671546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333671542
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 5.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Inwood has written a compelling and comprehensive history of this incredibly unique and complicated city, from the fires and plundering of latterday Londinium to the frenetic art, music and politics of London's last 30 years. This is the updated paperback edition. 'Inwood's book has it all, so much so that, coming to the end, the reader wants to start over again.' Sunday Times 'An utterly winning work, erudite yet entertaining... This is a wonderful book.' Financial Times 'Inwood proves himself a heroic reader, absorbing and filtering all that is to be known about a city for which he has a genuine and abiding affection.' Daily Telegraph 'As sprawling and richly textured as London itself.' Independent

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Stephen Inwood was born in London in 1947, the son of a taxi driver. After studying at Balliol and St. Antony's College, Oxford, he was for many years a university history lecturer before becoming a professional writer after publication of his highly acclaimed A History Of London in 1999. He is an Associate Professor of New York University in London, and a Research Fellow at Kingston University. He lives in Richmond, West London, with his wife and sons.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 23 Jan. 2005
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Stephen Inwood has put together perhaps the most complete single-volume history of London to date. While many historians focus on a particular London (and yes, there are many Londons -- literary London, political London, et al.), and Inwood is no exception in taking particular focus at different times, this book touches on all the facets, by concentrating largely on London's inhabitants, and, as they belong to different Londons, exploring their native Londons and the interactions between the differing Londons.
Inwood from his childhood looked upon London as a 'remote and fascinating place'. His father as a London cab driver (as one finds, when living in or visiting London, often those who know the city best). Inwood infuses his memory of this fascination on every page of this 1100 page text, eliminating the remoteness by description and analysis that is excellent. As Inwood says, 'You can still walk the streets that Boswell and Dickens walked, and even, if you look carefully, see some of the buildings they saw.'
Inwood, realising that many histories begin with the 'easy bits', tackled the problem of writing history from the beginning, with Londinium, and even before. 'The first known inhabitants of the Greater London aea were the late Ice Age (8000 BC) hunters whose flint tools and reindeer bones were found in Uxbridge in the 1980s. From there he traces the founding of Londinium through Boudicca's revolt to Flavian Londinium to its virtual abandonment. London again had a revival during Anglo-Saxon times, being rebuilt by Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 27 Feb. 2006
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Stephen Inwood has put together perhaps the most complete single-volume history of London to date. While many historians focus on a particular London (and yes, there are many Londons -- literary London, political London, et al.), and Inwood is no exception in taking particular focus at different times, this book touches on all the facets, by concentrating largely on London's inhabitants, and, as they belong to different Londons, exploring their native Londons and the interactions between the differing Londons.
Inwood from his childhood looked upon London as a 'remote and fascinating place'. His father as a London cab driver (as one finds, when living in or visiting London, often those who know the city best). Inwood infuses his memory of this fascination on every page of this 1100 page text, eliminating the remoteness by description and analysis that is excellent. As Inwood says, 'You can still walk the streets that Boswell and Dickens walked, and even, if you look carefully, see some of the buildings they saw.'
Inwood, realising that many histories begin with the 'easy bits', tackled the problem of writing history from the beginning, with Londinium, and even before. 'The first known inhabitants of the Greater London aea were the late Ice Age (8000 BC) hunters whose flint tools and reindeer bones were found in Uxbridge in the 1980s. From there he traces the founding of Londinium through Boudicca's revolt to Flavian Londinium to its virtual abandonment. London again had a revival during Anglo-Saxon times, being rebuilt by Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. G. ELDON on 5 Feb. 2003
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The most readable history book I have ever read, bar none. This is a masterpiece of research, factually presented in a format that should interest the most avid reader, student and even the casual reader. No frills, no speculation, but pure information. A bit like the Forth Bridge, though...I have to re-read passages to glean information I am sure I missed at the first reading. A daunting first impression at 1100 pages, but do not be put off - it is a book you can take time to read.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2000
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Don't be put off by the 1100-page length.: this is a supremely well-written, readable history based on hundreds of original sources and presented in bite-sized chunks each of which can be read and digested in 10 minutes. The most relaxing way I can think of to absorb complex, interesting ideas.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John of London on 28 Feb. 2002
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This book is comprehensive history so well written that it's always pure pleasure to read. It tells how London came to be the way it is physically, socially, politically and economically. It also gives a sense of what Londoners' lives were like in most periods. It certainly told me something new about most things that I thought I knew about already. Even if you already knew the significance of the fact the the mouths of the Thames and the Scheldt are opposite each other, and that the last battleship built in London was launched in 1912, for example, you're sure to learn a lot from this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2005
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I bought the hardcover edition of this book a few years back, read half of it and gave up due to a busy schedule. Since the recent London bombings, I re-read the ENTIRE book again (despite a heavier workload and a busier schedule) and I only have one word to say about this book: EXCELLENT! It is so thorough and detailed in the historical, social, economical, demographical and cultural description of London! I had lived in London in the 90s and even though I am from Singapore, my sense of respect, appreciation and admiration that I have for the people of London has never waned. This book sheds light about the 'never-say-die' spirit of Londoners; afterall, if they had gone through the Great Plague, the Great Fire of 1666 and 2 World Wars and have emerged stronger and more united after each disaster; nothing will kill this special and unique spirit of London and Londoners! God bless London and may this fabulous book enlighten those who wish to learn more about this great city and its wonderful people.
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