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The House By The Thames: And The People Who Lived There [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Tindall
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Just across the River Thames from St Paul's Cathedral stands an old and elegant house. Over the course of almost 450 years the dwelling on this site has witnessed many changes. From its windows, people have watched the ferrymen carry Londoners to and from Shakespeare's Globe; they have gazed on the Great Fire; they have seen the countrified lanes of London's marshy south bank give way to a network of wharves, workshops and tenements - and then seen these, too, become dust and empty air.

Rich with anecdote and colour, this fascinating book breathes life into the forgotten inhabitants of the house - the prosperous traders; an early film star; even some of London's numberless poor. In so doing it makes them stand for legions of others and for whole world that we have lost through hundreds of years of London's history.

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"Mesmeric... This book is not just for London enthusiasts. Tindall has demonstrated a genius for a certain kind of social history that, in shining a light on one small place, illuminated a huge amount around... A rare instance of a history book that, in its optimism about the indomitable spirit of the place, raises the hairs on the back of your neck." (Sinclair McKay Sunday Telegraph)

"Fascinating... Gillian Tindall brilliantly deploys contemporary observations to bring the centuries alive." (Christopher Howse Tablet)

"Delightful... Tindall's story is truthful and unexaggerated, combining elegantly elegiac prose with imaginative empathy and descriptive power." (Jessica Mann Literary Review)

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A masterpiece of miniaturist, social history. By closely examining the history of one house, Gillian Tindall tells the story of Southwark and the south bank, the river Thames and indeed of London itself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (30 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family and Social History 20 Mar. 2007
I recommend this book highly for anyone interested in family history and the social history of London. Ms Tindall has undertaken immense research and the book is well worth reading if you are a family historian, for the many tips she drops onto the pages. This book is an absolute gem and I am going to keep it on my bookshelf for ever because of its lavish historical description of London as well as the wonderful story of the families and people who lived on Bankside - the two are woven together most amazingly. I am longing to read Ms Tindall other books now.

Definitely buy this book if you are a family historian or interested in old London town.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 20 Jan. 2009
This is a very fascinating book, which is written in an easy, lively and engaging style. It's a shame there aren't more illustrations to exemplify the range of historical points, but it is so vividly written, the reader gets a clear idea of how London has grown and what has been lost..and learnt over the centuries. It is the history of the 18th and 19th centuries that is particularly well documented and the author shares how she has gone about it. If you are fascinated by your local history and would like to consider how to learn more.. this is the book to read. It gets you thinking not only about Bankside, but your own back yard. I recommend it highly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The House by the Thames 29 Jun. 2009
Interesting book with detailed information about the South Bank of the Thames, an area I have often visited but knew nothing about. The book gives an in depth study of the social history of the area. Well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The history of a family building 14 July 2009
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Whilst I am not an architect or historian, it struck me that Gillian Tindall does a good job of either discipline, pulling both into an eminently enjoyable read. I became aware of the book by turning on Radio Four part-way into a conversation regarding it... and luckily caught the name at the end of the programme. The rest is history!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A fascinating book about the history of a few little houses at Bankside over the last 400-odd years, but also encompassing the history of the whole of that area of south London & Southwark - I visited only last week. The houses are still there at the end of the Millennium Bridge and appear from the outside at least to be in very good repair. The author paints a delightful story, following the development of the area and recountinbg in some detail the stories of the generations of people who occupied those houses. A book well worth reading not only by those who know the area but also those who, like me, don't know it at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House by the Thames 24 May 2013
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I used to look across the Thames from my office window to this house and always wanted to know more about it. This is a carefully considered book which I found of great interest with a lot of useful information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting read 14 Dec. 2012
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As someone who has walked past this house many times, it is fascinating to read the story of the house and the area. The book is well-written and well-researched.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant overview 12 Mar. 2007
This book is a pleasant enough read - certainly no more. I picked it up because my wife and I have walked past the house and are generally interested in London history. The house itself is used as a peg on which to hang some social history of the area from the early 1700s and none the worse for that. You get a flavour of the development of industry,education, the sewage system etc. Anyone expecting a good deal about the house itself and housing generally will be disappointed.
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