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The Making of Modern London Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st Edition edition (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091920043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091920043
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A briliant account of the background behind our capital city. What a satisfying blend of meticulous research and human stories'.
-- BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

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Gavin Weightman was brought up and educated in London. For many years he worked as a journalist, writing for New Society and History Today, before joining London Weekend Television where he was a producer and director of many highly acclaimed series including 'The Making of Modern London'. His books include the bestseller London's Thames and The Frozen Water Trade and Signor Marconi's Magic Box. Steve Humphries has his own television production company, Testimony Films, which specializes in social history and living memory. He is the author of several books, including A Secret World of Sex and All Quiet on the Home Front, and is one of Britain's leading oral historians . He lives in Bristol.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AlanMusicMan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2012
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This book was - and is - superb. It tells the story of how London transitioned from being a large town with an aglomeration of villages around it to be a cohesive - if disparate - whole. The world's first super-city.

It's all here. The building of the railways, paving over the rivers, untrammelled speculative building, dealing with the slums, London at war, the underground, how the Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century suburbs were built. It's a great read for anyone who has ever wondered how it all came to be or those who (like me) feel at once impressed and repelled by the idea of so many millions people in such a comparatively small area.

It was, of course, accompanied in the mid 1980s by a Thames TV series of the same name (possibly that even came first) - which was truly excellent and of which I still have one episode (captured at the time on VHS and later transferred to DVD in all its wobbly glory!). That show still fascinates me and I get it out to watch every now and again, my copy may be poor quality technically, but it's documentary making par excellence. Its a absolute crime that the series has never been reissued. I think Freemantle media now owns the Thames library - so how about it guys?
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All accord to plan. Great communication and quickly to respond to any doubts.
Recommended with any doubt Thank you! Cheers
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This was a birthday present for my son. It arrived in excellent condition, and on time, and he loves it.
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A good 'life' of a great city 12 Sept. 2012
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In this work on London, much better reading than his London's Thames, Weightman is back into the excellent, flowing writing and solid construction of the tale he previously evidenced in his works "The Frozen Water Trade" and his exciting tale on "Marconi and his "Magic" Box".

Originally, the four volumes of The Making of Modern London were the basis of a Thames TV Documentary (hence the secondary author, film maker Steve Humphries) and were published as four separate books. It covers the period of the late Victorians but comes up through the histories of the building of the railways, the massive London Docks and the slums, to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth and the decline of the British Empire. London suffered immensely during the wars and to the blight of poverty, the Blitz of Hitler's bombers added homeless thousands, separated families and left just bombed, fire-scorched rubble where once whole communities lived.

The slow recovery, the swing to the Labour Party and with the slow introduction of better health-care and decent housing London then recovered yet again and boomed into the `swinging sixties' and consumerism of the 70s.

This is a well written and intimate story of London, from villages and open fields to the city that still thrills and charms its visitors and inhabitants. As Dr. Johnson once remarked, London is life ... and this book is one of its great autobiographies.
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