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London: the Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Jon E. Lewis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In London: The Autobiography the life of the capital is told, for the first time, by those who made it and saw it at first hand.

From Roman times to the 21st century, Londoners and visitors to the city have recounted the extraordinary events, everyday life and character of this unique and influential city - from politics, culture, sport, religion, and reportage.

This book brings to vivid life the human trial of the capital including invasions by the Vikings, the brutal execution of Sir Thomas More, the sight of a whale swimming up the Thames and the rebuilding of St Paul's by Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the everyday life of the city.

Includes contributions from George Orwell, Martin Amis, Dr Johnson, Karl Marx, Winston Churchill, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Virginia Woolfe, George Melly, Tacitus, Samuel Pepys and many others.

Packed with personality and character, this book is a must-buy for anyone interested in London as well as a wonderful story of the city at the heart of the nation.

Praise for Jon E Lewis:

'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's Army

'Harrowing, funny and often unbelievable book.' Daily Express

[A] compelling tommy's eye view of war from Agincourt to Iraq' Daily Telegraph

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It's all here in spades. (Ham and High)

Fascinating ... brings the story of London to life (Good Book Guide)

Book Description

London: The Autobiography tells the story of the world’s greatest city through the people who were there. From Boudicca’s savage raid on Roman London in 60AD to the bombing of 7/7, London speaks for itself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3028 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NZQEZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 16 Jun. 2012
By Z. Nye
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The historical detail includes reports of riots and court proceedings, eye witness accounts and transcriptions of historic documents. A truly fascinating read that I'm very glad I bought.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars london from ground level 21 Mar. 2013
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a good book to pick up in quiet moments, full of interesting snippets of information. an entertaining read and a good exercise in understanding old english
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Highly Recommend 17 Jun. 2012
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I was lucky enough to download a copy of this for 99p as a "Jubilee Special Offer". What a marvellous bargain, the best history book I have read in a long time. The great joy of this book is that it's a chronologically compiled collection of reportage by contemporary observers (eye-witness accounts in some cases), that spans the history of London from the Boudiccan revolt right up to the London bombings of 2005.

I enjoyed Peter Ackroyd's history of London, but the book that Jon E. Lewis has put together goes straight to the primary sources of historical research, which gives us not only a feel for the political and social context of the events described, but also an insight into the emotions, prejudices and bias of the various commentators. The descriptions of places, people and events that shaped the city (and in some cases the nation), include a wonderful amount of detail, that is often overlooked by modern historians, but which really brings the history to life.

I lent this to a friend to while away 15 minutes, while I was attending a brief appointment, it took me 2 hours to get it back - I had to promise them I'd get them a copy of their own !

So although the "Special Offer" price is no longer available, I still think that this book is a definite "must buy" for anybody interested in the history of London.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 July 2012
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An imaginative format and a most enlightening account. Beautifully written and engaging to read. Delightfully constructed and clearly expressed.Thoroughly enjoyable highly recommended indeed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea 15 Jan. 2013
By Westham
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Great idea to tell the whole history of the world's greatest city by showing the reader a great selection of the historical documents that have survived and leaving him to draw his own conclusions. There should be more books like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Choice 24 April 2013
By Poppy1
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I ordered this autobiography of London because it was our Book Club choice. The size of it was daunting! However, it turned out to be a very interesting compilation of articles and observations on people and events through the ages - literally from AD60 to the present day - written by the people who lived through those times. I would definitely recomment it to anyone with an interest in, or love of, London.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading the history of London 27 May 2014
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This was quite a fascinating read. I was surprised however to discover that half the book was covering things that happened in living memory. When you think about it of course there are more chances and methods now for recording events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 27 May 2014
By Alan
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Its very interesting and informative read some that are just as good if not better. Will keep for reference though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book about great city!!
Published 8 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book and delivery prompt
Published 10 months ago by Derek Lunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to tell a Story
A great idea and very well done. Items varied in quality , interest and importance. Most of it was fascinating.
Published 10 months ago by Olle Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A great account of the history of London. Some accounts are better than others, and some are fairly graphic too, the one about cock fighting in the Middle Ages particularly... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Lock
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just boring
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars read this
If you appreciate history then this is a must. The concept which comes through is the constant change goes hand in hand with the in hanging nature of humans.
Published 13 months ago by John Archibald
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
There's so much to know about London
Published 13 months ago by Ron coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely interesting and also entertaining.
Published 14 months ago by SARA J STEVENSON
4.0 out of 5 stars history of London
An interesting approach. The history of London is presented in a series of short articles from a multitude of sources giving first hand impressions of momentous events through... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chris Shepherd
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like it.
Could Google most of it. Not very interesting. Reads more like a list. Was expecting more of a social history, but didn't get it. Maybe better if you are a Londoner.
Published 14 months ago by Helen S
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