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Cross River Traffic: A History of London's Bridges Hardcover – 5 Sep 2005


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862078009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862078000
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London based writer and tour guide. My interests include history and folklore, especially London's, and of the river Thames and London's bridges. I am the author of books about the latter as well as one on the history of nursery rhymes, "lost" English words and football and superstition. I also co wrote a musical about Margaret Thatcher and am responsible for the Evening Standard Headline Generator and the Art Term Bingo Game.

Current projects include co-presenting the cult football radio show Cafe Calcio on Resonance 104.4 FM which examines the social, political and cultural aspects of the game. Previous series have featured the Football Art Masterclass, Tacticus a Latin speaking football correspondent and the next one will examine the links between soccer and contemporary dance. I am also working on a book provisionally entitled an A-Z of redundant careers about jobs that no longer exist.

Information about most of these can be found at www.fandmpublications.co.uk
I can be stalked on Twitter @oneeyegrey

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'A delightful history of London's bridges' -- Live in London

'This book is a delightful history of London's bridges and the
photographs alone make it well worth a look.'
-- -- Canal Boat and inland waterways

‘A delightful history of London’s bridges' -- Live in London

‘Roberts takes each bridge in turn, giving much splendid detail about their history and construction details’ -- Publishing News

About the Author

Chris Roberts lives in Scuth London not far from the river. He winters in libraries and spends the summer months conducting tours along the banks of the Thames and over the bridges. He is the author of Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme, also published by Granta.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BB on 10 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
A social history of London Bridges might have been a better title as Cross River Traffic is a social history book not an engineering tome. As such, there are fantastic stories associated with the bridges and other tales from the riverbank, and loads, in the version I have, about activities on the river. It is witty, modern and entertainingly written and the photos are clearly (in keeping with the rest of the book) an attempt to make the reader look at the bridges in a different fashion. As a general reader I found it easy to grasp the reasons why the bridges were built and, as a Londoner, intrigued as to how much they have shaped the city and delighted by the many humourous anecdotes attached to the crossings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee on 4 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
This really is a gem of a book for anyone who loves London. Riverside walks are also all the more enjoyable for it! Far from being a dry history, it's packed with interesting tales and is immensely readable. Recommended.
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By Margaret Peters on 10 Nov 2013
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I bought this as a gift, unfortunately so did someone else! So I kept it and read it myself even though it isn't something that would usually take my interest. What a surprise! It is an easy to read, fabulously written, interesting & informative book; very enjoyable and full of history!
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