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The Book of Lists: London [Hardcover]

Nicholas Rennison
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2 Nov 2006
Why did London Underground once employed a one-legged man to ride up and down the escalators at Earl's Court tube station? What did Hitler plan to do with Nelson's Column? Why is London's only medieval mummy a prostitute named Clarice la Claterballock? How did a beer flood in Tottenham Court Road drown nine people? Where can you see a pair of Queen Victoria's knickers? Containing chapters covering London past and present; buildings and streets; famous and unexpected Londoners; arts, literature and crime; plus much much more, the 180 lists will amaze, amuse and inform. More than simply a keepsake for tourists - every self-respecting Londoner needs this book. "If you do not want to live among wicked people, do not live in London." - Richard of Devizes, 1192 (Benedictine monk and chronicler).

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841956767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841956763
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller with a particular interest in the Victorian era and in crime fiction. He is the author of many books including The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide to Crime Fiction, 100 Must-Read Crime Novels and Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography. He is currently working on his own crime novel set in nineteenth century London.

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* Imaginatively insane Sunday Herald * Impossible to put down. Independent on Sunday * This is the sort of book for which the word quirky was coined. Sunday Herald --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"If you do not want to live among wicked people, do not live in London." Richard of Devizes, 1192 (Benedictine monk and chronicler) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All human life is here 9 Jan 2007
No matter how familiar with (or tired of) London you are, this fascinating book contains nuggets of information that will entertain and intrigue you. The 'London Beer Flood of 1814' was just one entry that will ensure I never look at Tottenham Court Road in the same way again. For introducing me to Clarice la Claterballock, I give the author thanks.

If you enjoy Schott's Miscellanies or the TV quiz 'QI' you will recognise a similar delight in obscure trivia and startling facts. It's a wonderful book to dip into, but the clear layout and excellent index also make this a very useful work of reference.

Buy this book and fall in love with London all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 30 Nov 2011
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This book contains some fascinating facts about London's past, its geography, transport, references in film and literature, famous people... it has all the bases covered! I think it will appeal to Londoners and non-Londoners, as this book has so many odd facts. When I nest go to London, I will have a look at this book, and make a point of trying to imagine London when it was a collection of villages, or how is was before the Great Fires or how it was during the blitz. A lot is packed into this shortish work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did you know ? 30 Nov 2011
When you read this book you will become a vast storehouse of trivial information about London. Such as, Where would you find Nepolians nose? Famous murerers, chancers and many more things. A must for any London cabbie on the knowledge.
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