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The Book of London Place Names Hardcover – 26 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940454
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Taggart worked in publishing as an editor of popular non-fiction for 30 years before being asked by Michael O'Mara Books to write I USED TO KNOW THAT, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Following that she co-wrote MY GRAMMAR AND I (OR SHOULD THAT BE 'ME'?) As a result of these books and HER LADYSHIP'S GUIDE TO THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH, published by the National Trust, she has appeared frequently on BBC Breakfast and on national and regional radio, talking about language, grammar and Pythagoras's theorem. Her recent books include THE BOOK OF ENGLISH PLACE NAMES and THE BOOK OF LONDON PLACE NAMES, both published by Ebury Press, and A SLICE OF BRITAIN: AROUND THE COUNTRY BY CAKE from AA Publishing. The Sunday Times described this as 'engaging, greedy and droll'. As a result of this latest project she is visiting food and literary festivals around the country, talking about cake. Her website is carolinetaggart.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @citaggart.

Praise for Caroline Taggart's books:
- "Caroline Taggart...has carved out a niche for herself in user-friendly, wittily written factual books" - Yorkshire Post
- "Taggart's conversational style is well judged, and her research superb." londonist.com
- "fun and witty" - Essentials
- "a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around" - Townswoman Magazine
- "a fascinating book" - She Magazine
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A fascinating guide to the stories behind London's place names

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Ever wondered if Cheapside really is cheap, what you do in Threadneedle Street, or who the knights of Knightsbridge were?

Did you know that Piccadilly is actually an insult? And that Euston Road was built because there were too many cows on Oxford Street? Or that the River Fleet was covered over partly because of a drunken butcher?

Take a trip down narrow lanes, through cobbled streets and crowded markets to discover the meanings behind the city’s place names. Meet forgotten residents whose names survive in the places where they lived and uncover tales from London’s murky past that have shaped the modern city.

From famous landmarks to forgotten rivers, grand thoroughfares to lost palaces, and ancient villages swallowed up as the city grew, Caroline Taggart explains the hidden eanings behind familiar places. If you have ever wanted to peel back the layers of history and discover the people, events and stories that shaped London, then come on a journey that will show you our capital city in a new light...


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2012
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This book's title exactly defines its contents. The reader can dip in and out. This is not a work of deep scholarship, and does not pretend to be, but it is entertaining, accurate and written to be easily read. The London of the title is metropolitan London, the London of the London Boroughs, the London of the tube map and the London of commuter trains.

It is the sort of book to be found in the entrance of a bookshop or in a tourist location, an impulse buy, to be given as a gift, to be received as one, or to be read and re-gifted to someone else.

A place name can be an area such as Greenwich, or particularly in central London, a street name such as Jermyn Street. A place name's history can be obviously literal such as Catford, the ford across the river Ravensbourne where wild cats live, or obscure, such as Paddington from the farmstead of Padda, or Holborn, the stream in the hollow.

THE CONTENTS: The entries are concentrated in the older and more central parts of London but the outer areas are also covered. The chapters and their number of pages are: Introduction (20), The City (40), Westminster South (25), Westminster Central (38), Westminster North (35), Islington (7), Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth (22), Tower Hamlets, Hackney (15), Chelsea, Kensington (14), Hammersmith, Fulham (5), Greenwich, Lewisham (9), Outlying Boroughs North of the River (26), Outlying Boroughs South of the River (7).

THE BOOK has 263 pages of text with no illustrations or maps. In size it is a large pocket book suitable for a bag or the large pocket of a winter coat. A work of this size cannot be comprehensive and the entries vary from a full page to a few lines, presumably varying with what is known about a place name and how interesting the story is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frantic on 14 Nov. 2012
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Bought this as a stocking filler for an American friend who is fascinated by English Trivia - should keep her busy for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Farndon on 29 Jan. 2013
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A very easy read, packed with information. Easy to dip in and out of. Fascinating facts, keeps us entertained on the train to London and when we get there we check up on facts.
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Given as a Christmas gift to my father, a local historian. He loved it and spent much of Christmas Day dipping into it. It's one of those 'I never knew that' books full of fascinating information about everyday London places we thought we knew. A delight for lovers of London.
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By Donna on 27 Mar. 2014
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This is a brilliant interesting book to dip in and out off. It's very easy to use and has made me look at London in a different light when I visit. I liked it so much that I also got the Kindle edition as well so that I have it available when I am out and about!
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A really interesting book, very readable and gives a fascinating insight into well known sayings, street names and areas. It's great when you use the book to give information on areas if walking around London.
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Just what I wanted. It arrived in good condition and in good time. I did originally buy it for a Christmas present but found it so interesting have kept it for myself.
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Enjoyed the book very much - the sort you can dip in and out of. All sorts of interesting - and sometimes bizarre - facts. The copy was in excellent condition.
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