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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (23 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845299426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845299422
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Z. Nye on 16 Jun. 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By David Owen-Bell on 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 By Westham on 15 Jan. 2013
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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 By Poppy1 on 24 April 2013
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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 By Mrs Christine D Pleasants on 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 By Alan on 27 May 2014
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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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