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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1780881762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780881768
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Powell was born in Kenton, north-west London in 1959. He joined the police force at the age of 18yrs in 1978 and was stationed in London for most of his 33yr career. The inspiration for writing his first book 'Square London' came from his love of London history, architecture and most of all its people. Of course the capital city has a darker side, violent demonstrations, murder and terrorism feature in the book often from a personal viewpoint.

The book obviously has a strong historical theme but doesn't feature old maps and paintings of the city which can be found in many books and records - we have all seen Hogarth's hypnotic series of paintings of London life. The author wanted this book to also be a contemporary pictorial account of London as it is today for future generations to look back on.

The author, when presenting his book to several audiences is always asked the same question 'Which square is your favourite?' The answer is Central Square the hub of Dame Henrietta Barnett's Hampstead Garden Suburb in Golders Green north-west London. The square is a picture of beauty and serenity with two maginificent Edwin Lutyens churches facing each other across a lush green.

Gary's second book has been published (October 2014) through History Press - 'Death in Disguise The Amazing Story of the Chelsea Murders'. The book examines the terrible double murder of a man of god and his housekeeper in Chelsea 1870 a crime that shook the peaceful community of Chelsea. It examines the circumstantial evidence of the case and asks the question: would you as a member of the jury have found the person guilty or not guilty and send that person to the gallows? Gary - a retired detective - also examines the defence case and compares 19th century policing to that of modern day

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HEJ on 10 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
Square London is one of those books which should be on the bookshelves of every London household. Indeed, it is of interest to anyone, London dweller or not, who has ever wandered through a London square and wondered about its history.
In limiting his selection to 115 of London's squares for this book, Gary Powell has chosen his favourites and his enthusiasm for his subect is obvious and infectious. We are taken from the big names-Trafalgar, Grosvenor, Berkeley where, of course, the lyrical nightingale gets its mention- to the paths less trodden of New End, Cleaver and Albion Squares in the north south and east.
We learn of famous residents and dastardly deeds - there are murders a plenty here- and we can track the development of London thought its squares and those who live, and have lived, in them. From riches to rags and back to riches again in some cases.
This is the perfect book for dipping into and, if you have friends living in one of the squares, it will make the perfect present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Carter on 2 Aug 2012
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This is one of those books you can pick up whenever you have a free moment and discover something new. Well written and nicely illustrated, it makes a familiar walk around London an interesting new experience.
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This book was very useful for my course on parts of London. Not too heavy going but nice bits of information
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By Bookwoman on 25 Mar 2014
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This is a comprehensive work and details various and often less well-known squares in London. It is different from the lavish, The London Square by Longstaffe-Gowan (which is highly recommended, too, an excellent book). Powell's work is comprehensive and full of interesting insights into each square. The great disappointment is that there is no map. Why not? Did the publisher decide or did the author. If a second edition is planned, please think about using a map or maps!
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