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The Little Book of London [Kindle Edition]

David Long
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Those of us who live in London and love the city (despite all its manifold faults) often have our own list of clandestine destinations, secrets and interesting facts about the capital -- which we’re happy to show off to people not lucky enough to live here. But however well you think you know London, the chances are good that that David Long's The Little Book of London will enlarge your storehouse of knowledge. The quirky facts here are delightfully arcane -- such as the fact that the guns of HMS Belfast, moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge, are targeted at Barnet and, if fired, would destroy Scratchwood Services on the M1. Or the fact that the first parking meters were installed in Mayfair with a charge of a shilling (enough to keep parking attendants at bay for an hour -- the same amount today would buy you 45 seconds). In fact, it is often the wonderful historical nuggets here that are the most entertaining, even the grisly ones (such as the watchmaker who threw himself off the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral in 1856, or the man who took a similar dive from the North Tower of the Crystal Palace 12 years later). Such items are crammed into the nearly 200 pages of this eccentric book, so if you are seeking bizarre facts about the railways, the Royal family, theatres or the number of rock stars who have popped their clogs in London, it's all here. And did you know that when Conan Doyle installed Sherlock Holmes in 221b Baker Street, the street numbering ran no further than 85? (That's the trouble with this book – you can't resist quoting it!) --Barry Forshaw

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Those of us who live in London and love the city (despite all its manifold faults) often have our own list of clandestine destinations, secrets and interesting facts about the capital -- which we’re happy to show off to people not lucky enough to live here. But however well you think you know London, the chances are good that that David Long's The Little Book of London will enlarge your storehouse of knowledge. The quirky facts here are delightfully arcane -- such as the fact that the guns of HMS Belfast, moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge, are targeted at Barnet and, if fired, would destroy Scratchwood Services on the M1. Or the fact that the first parking meters were installed in Mayfair with a charge of a shilling (enough to keep parking attendants at bay for an hour -- the same amount today would buy you 45 seconds). In fact, it is often the wonderful historical nuggets here that are the most entertaining, even the grisly ones (such as the watchmaker who threw himself off the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral in 1856, or the man who took a similar dive from the North Tower of the Crystal Palace 12 years later). Such items are crammed into the nearly 200 pages of this eccentric book, so if you are seeking bizarre facts about the railways, the Royal family, theatres or the number of rock stars who have popped their clogs in London, it's all here. And did you know that when Conan Doyle installed Sherlock Holmes in 221b Baker Street, the street numbering ran no further than 85? (That's the trouble with this book – you can't resist quoting it!) --Barry Forshaw

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3145 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH9S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'The Book of the Week. Even the most eager historians will find their knowledge challenged by this new book about the capital.' (Evening Standard)

'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.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy one for someone, then keep it yourself 3 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
Bought this for a non-reading friend new to London (from NY)- as it looked like an easy-dip-in-dip-out book. Then I dipped in, then I dipped in a bit more, then I read the whole thing through and decided to keep it myself so I'm back to buy another. Some really, REALLY extraordinary stuff in here, and lots of bizarre stories about people and places - all of it true, he says - together with some neat cartoons and a lot of laughs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great present, easy read, lots of laughs 12 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
Definitely a browser rather than a traditional guide book, but still a real find for anyone with an interest in London with wealth of wacky or unexpected detail about both the modern and historic city, and all of it delivered with wit and panache.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracker! 8 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
Got two copies for Xmas, and laughed solidly until I reached the end. Maybe not the most USEFUL book on London, but certainly the funniest in a long while. Odd anecdotes, strange facts, extraordinary people and wild goings-on combine to paint an irresistable portraint of the greatest city on earth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a contrast to his other books........ 23 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
David Long is clearly very versatile. This is a more humorous attempt at writing about London than I've seen from him before, & he pulls it off very well. A good mix of sober & crazy facts from all walks of London life, showing what an eclectic & interesting place this town is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Book of London 4 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A comprehensive look at some of the more quirky sides of our Capital City. A very good book for picking up in a few odd minutes and a wonderful source of material for ice breakers at boring dinner parties.... like.... "did you know that 14 men held a dinner party at the top of Nelson's column in 1843" or " under an office block in Fleet Street there is the 14th century crypt of a religious house founded by the Carmelite Order of White Friars." .... great stuff... and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little book of London 18 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
I haven't finished this book yet as I take it to read when I use the tube which isn't very regularly, but even so I am so impressed with the level of research that must have gone into it, as a native and lover of London the book is fascinating. I'll be buying at least one more as a Christmas gift.
It's a wonderful little book that fits into my jacket pocket too, ideal for traveling around our great city. highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Book of London 18 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
Great little book, so interesting.It is a handy size, so easy to slip in a pocket when out and about in London. I bought three as christmas tree presents. Deciding to wrap my presents I picked up the book and spent the whole morning reading it. Needless to say I did not get much wrapping done. Now about to order two more, one of them for myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting facts that many will not know! 24 Feb 2009
By Louis
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It may be a little book, but it is big on knowledge. There are intesting and some funny facts you never knew about this wonderful and strange city. This is not just perfect for Londoners, but for everyone, as everyone can learn a little something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very informative quite an eye opener!.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Mh Burridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Rather too little.
Published 2 months ago by Mr E
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as described
Published 4 months ago by Female, Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book was apparently used but doesn't show any marks or any dog-eared pages. Great price and product. Reccommend seller!!
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Whitman
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY INTERESTING BOOK
A really interesting little books to add to your collection of facts about our Capital City. I highly recommend this guide.
Published 6 months ago by Boris
4.0 out of 5 stars The Little Book of London
A nice, quick, easy read. I found out lots of things about London that I hand' known before. Just one error - it states that Mary Queen of Scots was sent to the Tower on 2nd May... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kentishbookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Book of London
As with The London Nobody Knows I shall enjoy exploring. I cannot think of ten more words to describe how useful this book will be
Published 16 months ago by Thomas Lyall
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of trivia but more focused on Royal trivia
As some other reviewers have commented, I was expecting this book to cover different areas of London, with lots of trivia but it is more focused on Royal connections. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stepas
4.0 out of 5 stars You really don't know London until you have read this book.
Some really interesting and quirky facts about London. Learnt a lot and was interesting. Why was school never like this?
Published 21 months ago by Rebecca Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Great size book to keep in your bag while walking around London Town I found places I didn't know existed.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. L. E. Robinson
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