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Walking Dickens' London (Shire General) [Paperback]

Lee Jackson
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31 Jan 2012 Shire General
Dickens' London is a unique work that recreates the sights, sounds and smells of Dickens' London and provides a detailed itinerary for those keen to follow in the footsteps of 'The Inimitable Boz'. Each entry conjures up forgotten scenes of London life - stage-coaches racing through the Borough; landing a catch at Billingsgate market; the uproar of a hanging outside Newgate Gaol - together with pointers to the most atmospheric, astonishing and esoteric parts of the Victorian metropolis which have survived into the twenty-first century. Step back into the past: savour the opportunity to dine in a nineteenth century chop-house; explore the rookery of Seven Dials; take tea in one of the Inns of Court; visit a Victorian operating theatre - all this and much more. Drawing upon Dickens' life and work, from museums and monuments to hidden alleys, mews and courtyards; from railway stations and riverside taverns to grim slums and gaslight - Dickens' London: A Timetraveller's Guide is an indispensable guide for anyone exploring Victorian London.
Dickens' London: A Timetraveller's Guide is written by the acclaimed historical novelist Lee Jackson, whose encyclopaedic website 'The Dictionary of Victorian London' (www.victorianlondon.org) is well-known to all those interested in the history of the capital.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (31 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747811342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747811343
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Jackson is a writer and novelist, an acknowledged expert on the nineteenth century metropolis. He has written seven historical crime novels, set in Victorian London, published in the UK, Commonwealth and France. His popular website 'The Dictionary of Victorian London' (www.victorianlondon.org) attracts two thousand unique visitors a day, and is number one for 'Victorian London' on all major search engines. A massive encyclopaedia of Victorian books, journals, newspaper cuttings, maps, diary entries (et al.) the site is regularly cited by academics, genealogists, novelists and much enjoyed by the general public. Lee has lectured on Victorian topics for libraries and museums in Kensington & Chelsea, City of London and for the Museum of London, and Museum of London Docklands.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Walking Dickens' London 20 Mar 2012
By VISA
Format:Paperback
The book contains eight walks around Central London. 1.St. James's and Mayfair
2.Soho and Covent Garden
3.The Strand And Fleet Street
4.Bloomsbury and King's Cross
5.Holborn
6.Clerkenwell
7.St Paul's and Borough
8.City and Riverside
Printed on high quality gloss paper the photographs, illustrations and maps are all first class. The author knows his subject and writes entertainingly.All in all,a perfect purchase for lovers of Dickens and London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Knowledge 16 Oct 2012
By Rob
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I have used Lee Jackson's 'Dictionary of Victorian London' website for research purposes over a period of several years. What Lee doesn't know about Victorian London, isn't worth knowing. He's written and published several books, both fiction and non-fiction; 'Walking Dickens' London' is the latest.

It's only 136 pages long, but it contains more detailed information than you would find in a book three times the length. There are eight walks included, taking in most of central London, from Mayfair to Riverside. Every page contains several scenes of Victorian life as it once was and either a beautifully produced photograph (or two), a line drawing or a map outlining the route of a particular walk.

I have lived in London for thirty-five years and believed I knew the place inside out. Wrong. After using this book to investigate the hidden nooks and crannies of a great city, I now realise I have been walking around with my eyes closed. Somebody once said, 'We look, but we don't see.'

How true.

Most books are read then discarded. This particular book will be in my pocket every time I'm out and about, just in case I come across some Victorian location I hadn't noticed before, because I can almost guarantee that Lee Jackson will have been there before me - and written entertainingly about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Jackson has done it again! 6 April 2012
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After a successful series of Victorian Murder Mysteries, of which my favourites are London Dust and The Diary of a Murder, Lee has returned to real history (you should also see his Victorian London for stunning photographs of the best architecture of the period). His new book, Walking Dickens' London, takes you on eight (not over-long) walks through the London streets that appear in his novels. Though, as he freely admits, much of Victorian London has disappeared but what remains he is careful to point out. Anyone walking around London, the flâneurs amongst you would be wise to do as I do; look at the tops of buildings rather than at the new shops below. That way you can gain a better impression of their history. Oxford Street, for example, is filled with fascinating buildings of all styles.

Lee is excellent at drawing the attention of the reader/walker to all he can, but there are others that those interested in the history of London should pursue. For example, Meard Street, which lies in Soho, is worth further study ([...]). I know from other reading that one house in the street was bought be a `courtesan' in the eighteenth century from her `immoral earnings' as in investment. In fact, the history of Victorian London can be a lifetime study and interest. And there is none better to help you in this than Lee Jackson (see his website [...]).

Strongly recommended for anyone, tourist or no, who wants to find a feeling for the Victorian past, and, of course, Dickens, one of the greatest English Authors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 25 Mar 2014
By Cathy
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Brings Dickens to life! still need to make a London Trip since I bought this book!

Nice to have in book collection.
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