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  • Hardcover: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; Ill edition (16 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550102590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550102591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My parents (and grandparents too) were born and bred in London and I've lived in the city for almost all my adult life, working mostly in marketing until I became a full-time author. The transition to a writing career evolved out of a project that was at first a hobby: exploring and learning about every aspect of every locality in London, no matter how small, remote or obscure. After a while I began to write up the results of my investigations, then (much later) started to build a website and ultimately, with the encouragement of friends and the invaluable help of my newly-found literary agent, Andrew Lownie, gained a commission from Chambers (now absorbed within Hodder Education) to write the London Gazetteer. That book covers every part of the capital, whether large or small, famous or unknown, and met with considerable acclaim (to my surprise and delight) from those who shared my thirst for in-depth knowledge about every corner of Greater London.

On the strength of the success of the London Gazetteer, Chambers asked me to compile Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable, which, as the blurb has it, reveals the "legends, lore, locals, localities and lingo" of London. If anything, this was even more of a labour of love than the gazetteer and met with a very favourable reception on its publication in September 2009.

I'm presently working on another London book, which I'll say more about here when the project has progressed a little further.

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I resolve to never again go about town without a copy of Mr Willey's Gazetteer in my trouser pocket, even if it makes an unsightly bulge. (Will Self) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An A-Z guide to the famous and hidden quarters of Britain's capital

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dilberto on 26 Sept. 2006
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A brilliant piece of work. Wide-ranging, witty and endlessly fascinating, Mr Willey's book is a tremendous achievement and a great read. Minutely researched, hugely wide ranging, entertainingly written and bang up to date, it's clearly the work of someone who knows London very well, loves it to pieces, and has spent time poring over the A-to-Z looking for those lost areas of London which are buried in the binding or hidden away in the top lefthand corner of the page. Quite simply - and I know it's a cliché but this time it's completely true - this book reaches the parts other London writers simply don't.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fabian on 30 Oct. 2006
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Russ Willey's London Gazetteer is a masterpiece of detail and extraordinary research. He has obviously spent a great deal of time studying the history of every conceivable corner of one of the world's most exciting and interesting cities and it is the work of an author who writes beatifully and clearly loves his subject. Any reader with an interest in London must buy this brilliant work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Looloo on 27 Oct. 2006
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Entertaining and quirky but also excellently researched, you'll discover the London that exists outside the tourist traps. Facts are not limited to the historic nor modern - you'll get a balanced picture of an area, how it grew up, what it's like now, who its famous residents were/are. The Gazetteer reveals fascinating facts about places I thought were grey and boring. WARNING: May turn you into a London-trivia fiend!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barnard E. Turner on 3 Mar. 2007
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First, perhaps, I should mention that the author was at school with me, but I don't think this really affects my opinion that much. This is a detailed, well-researched and illustrated volume with much to interest not only the committed London resident but also the transplanted native (like myself) and all others interested in the highways, byways and routes inbetween of what might be the first true world capital. Not one perhaps to take with you on your rambles, basically because of the range of detail packed in, but one to dip into at leisure, as is the way with these volumes. Informative and a breeze to read.
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