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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (14 April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413184706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413184702
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Henry Vollam Morton was born in 1892 near Manchester, England. He became an international celebrity by scooping the world's press in the sensational discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in the early 1920s. His newfound fame subsequently led to a series of extraordinarily popular vignettes on English city and country life, which went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. He died in South Africa in 1979 at the age of eighty-six. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alastair Brown on 7 July 2008
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H.V.Morton was one of the great travel writers and if you read Bill Bryson,Paul Theroux etc they all at some stage acknowledge that Morton blazed a trail for them to follow. "In Search of London" is one of his best and what is particularly fascinating is the period Morton writes about - 5/6 years after World War 2. It's a London hugely damaged by the Blitz and struggling to recover and for those with better knowledge of London than me it must be particularly interesting to compare his descriptions of particular bomb damaged locations with the same scene today. Morton has the magical ability to blend current day scenes with history and to bring by-gone times vividly to life - in his description of the Tower Of London he mentions Henry's six wives and you really feel you are with Ann Boleyn when she goes to her execution.The whole book remains vivid and alive - a time-machine back over fifty years to a very different London era here faithfully observed and recorded. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2013
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"During and since the War the steps of the Fountain have been occupied by an untidy fringe of foreigners, provincials, soldiers, sailors, and their lady friends ... The centre of Piccadilly Circus, which used to look so lovely with its baskets of primroses and violets in spring, its roses in summer and its dahlias in autumn, is now, in my opinion, one of the most depressing and regrettable spectacles in the capital. I have an idea that sitting around Eros began during the War with the Americans, who chewed their gum there and mournfully smoked their cheroots, wondering why the heck they were in London." ‒ H.V. Morton in IN SEARCH OF LONDON

Well, you know what they said about Yanks in England during the war: "Overpaid, oversexed, and over here."

Having been to London almost more times than I can count, I could have been on any visit part of that "untidy fringe" except that sitting in the middle of what amounts to a busy road junction on the steps of an unimposing statue has never held much attraction. Other than that, London is my personal-favorite city in the whole world and reading H.V. Morton's IN SEARCH OF LONDON reminds me why I love it so much.

Morton's book is product of his fourth visit to the city which occurred in or somewhat before 1951. England and its capital were still recovering from the destructive effects of World War II, and George VI was still King. As the author is careful to point out in order to give some idea of the changes he'd seen over time, his first visit was as a child in the closing years of Victoria's reign.

While IN SEARCH OF LONDON could perhaps have been used as a walking-tour guidebook for a contemporary tourist when it was first published, now it couldn't serve as such at all.
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It's been a long time since I enjoyed a non-fiction book so much. Despite the fact that parts of it are well out-of-date now (since it was first published in 1951) it was fascinating to me as a Londoner in exile who grew up there in the 50s and 60s; in fact, the immediate post-war point of view added to the attraction for me. On the positive side, the majority of the sights and attractions mentioned are still there to be seen. The background history to various sites visited adds infinitely to the value of the book. "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" ... but I really loved this book!
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I came to this book via Ackroyd`s "Biography of London"- he refers to Morton`s "In Search of London"and I felt I had to read it.
I was not disappointed. The historical content is beautifully inspired and enlivened by the author`s obvious love of London and its
people.I am familiar with London`s city and yet Morton is so deeply knowledgeable that my appreciation and understanding was further deepened.I could not put this book down and must remember to take it with me to use as a companion when I next visit.
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