The book recounts the author's wanderings around the outskirts of London between the wars. Mr. Maxwell describes not just the places but also the people he encounters on the way and the various tales he is told, some of which are even true. Curiosity frequently induces him to trespass on to private property, and usually he gets away with it, but does meet his match when confronted by an angry schoolmarm after climbing the wall of a girls' school. Places visited include Tewin, Ware, Great Amwell, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Waltham Cross, Edmonton, Tottenham, Radlett, High Wycombe, Wembley, Monks Park, Hampstead, Fulham, Battersea, Tooting, Kingston, Epsom Downs, Beckenham, Bermondsey and Bow. It's interesting to see what these places were like when the pace of life was more leisurely. The book is illustrated by line drawings made by the author's brother Donald.