This is easily in my top five best reads of my lifetime (so far!) :-)
An absolutely fabulous book teeming with historical fact intertwined with Rutherfurd's colourful, believable characters. The family trees devised for this work have been painstakingly constructed, and are interesting in themselves, I went over them a number of times while reading.
I live and work in London and envy the time that this author spent at the Museum of London researching this book. His description of the building works at the Tower of London from inception to completion and St Paul's (ditto) is breathtaking (these are but two of the many iconic buildings that have been covered in this work).
Packed with lively characters, humour, suspense, intrigue and romance 'London' is entertaining and absorbing. Populated with real people from the past whose stories are cleverly linked with Rutherfurd's families.
I've purchased this book for a number of friends and relatives since I read it because I want to share it but need to keep my own copy and read it again (and again).
I haven't yet read any of the other titles written by Edward Rutherfurd, but my mother bought me a copy of `The Forest'The Forest
and `Dublin' Dublin
will be my next purchase.
Any review for this book with fewer than five stars is a mystery to me, but each to their own I guess.
In my opinion, few people will have reason to regret spending their hard earned on this brilliant, scholarly novel.