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Hidden City: The Secret Alleys, Courts and Yards of London's Square Mile Hardcover – 1 Mar 2011
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'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.
`I'll confess straight away, I'm a fan of David Long's books. He makes historical information accessible and entertaining to read...his knowledge is superb.' --GoLondon.com, April 2011
About the Author
David Long is the author of a number of popular and well-regarded books on the capital, including Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings and a sequel entitled Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places. For more details of these and his other books on London visit http://www.davidlong.info/
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Also a book that gives the appearance of being full of facts reads more comfortably when there aren't errors jumping off the page so repeating the outdated assertion that there are no "Roads" in the City of London (part of Goswell Road has been in it since the 1994 boundary change) and not being able to tell the difference between granite setts and cobbles make one wary.
Given the title it is odd that there are also excursions into the Boroughs of Islington, Southwark, Camden, and Tower Hamlets
But this is all trivial - here is a book that lists a considerable number of obscure alleys tucked away in the City and has a good deal of interest to say about them. As such it is a very different addition for a London book collection, and is useful when planning off-the-beaten-track walks. A good test for maps too! - I needed my 9" to the mile A-Z Super Scale to track some of these down. Online, Bing Maps does well in locating most of them.
One is left wondering which photo relates to which article.Great pity.Hidden City: The Secret Alleys, Courts and Yards of London's Square Mile
that the author lays out for us, and have resolved to track them all down one day - not
so easy when you don't live in London.
The photos are a bit of a let down. OK, so some have argued it's not a photo book - but
if you're going to have photos then why not have good ones?
Also there has been some carping about the details - I don't know the geography well enough
to arbitrate, so maybe it's nit-picking or maybe the fine print should have been checked before
it went to press? With a topic like the geography of London there's bound to be someone like
a London cabbie at least who's got an opinion!
However, all that aside, the idea is a great one, and it would be fun to explore with the book as a guide - pity there isn't a Kindle version!
I would say this is definitely more of a coffee table book than a visit guide, but there's nothing wrong with that!
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Perfect for looking up the history of places in London. A very engaging book.Published 6 months ago by scandilaw
fascinating information which you would never know about and probably never find the streets on your ownPublished 6 months ago by Miss J R Lawrence
A voyage of discovery and a magic carpet back into another age. Superb research an essential tool for City lovers.Published 6 months ago by Peter Martinelli Mbe
Having moved to London in July 2012 I am finding the chapters most interesting and intend to visit the places mentioned. Read morePublished on 27 May 2013 by Thomas Lyall
Lived in London for many years and I found roads I did not know about. Need a small map just to glance atPublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by Mr. ALFRED WEST
In my mind a book like this SHOULD be small, light and very portable so you can take it with you in your city walks. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2012 by Tout en chantant