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The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
by Stephen Halliday
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating footnote to the history of the capital, 15 Dec 2011
The title's a bit of a misnomer, but the book - more about JB than the stink - is well researched, very well written and sets the record straight about a man who really deserves to be so much better known than he is. A truly great Victorian, and a wonderful book for anyone in interested in this period of British history.


The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How it Changed the City Forever
The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How it Changed the City Forever
by Christian Wolmar
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, and a fabulous piece of research, 15 Dec 2011
Dry but insightful and a really thorough piece of research, this book is clearly by a man who knows his subject and delights in getting it down on paper. A good read, and a book which deserves serious attention.


Top Shelf
Top Shelf
Price: 1.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PACEY AND RACY THAN CAGNY & LACEY, 14 Dec 2011
This review is from: Top Shelf (Kindle Edition)
Set against a background most blokes would like to know a lot more about, TOP SHELF reads like the work of an authentic soft-porn insider. An engaging portrait of a very particular corner of London, its combination of pace and suspense keeps the pages turning while the subject matter has rarely been bettered.


London Under
London Under
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.69

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DEAD DISAPPOINTING, 19 April 2011
This review is from: London Under (Hardcover)
I've been a big fan of Ackroyd's, and for some while, but this feels thin, sort of rushed and - I know - all surface. If it had someone else's name on the spine I maybe wouldn't have noticed the shortcomings so much, or at least not thought about them a great deal, but this author's byline raises expectations and this time they've been dashed. Almost everything in this book I've read before, somewhere else, and often in greater depth. The writing's good, no question, but the content feels decidedly shopworn.


1965: Jim Clark & Team Lotus the UK Races
1965: Jim Clark & Team Lotus the UK Races
by W Taylor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 29.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one only for the hardcore Lotus fan - but brilliant., 3 Feb 2011
One man, one season, but several different formulae - the book is a snapshot of a single year viewed from the perspective of one team, so is naturally somewhat specialised. It's a book which needed to be written, however, which deserved to be written, and for anyone with an interest in the early days of Lotus, and the Jim Clark era in particular, this is the definitive work. Well written, insightful text and some outstanding period photography.


Most Secret: The Hidden History of Orford Ness
Most Secret: The Hidden History of Orford Ness
by Paddy Heazell
Edition: Paperback

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at a hidden piece of history, 25 Sep 2010
An essential companion to any visit to the National Trust's most intriguing landscape, and perfect for the armchair traveller or historian who cannot make it up to this deliciously desolate and historically/environmentally important stretch of the Suffolk coast. Well researched by someone with a very real interest and a real insight, and some excellent illustrations and period photographs.


Streets of the City
Streets of the City
by Judy Pulley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ouch! Expensive, 4 Jun 2010
This review is from: Streets of the City (Hardcover)
A good guide to the principal streets of the Square Mile, with some interesting period illustrations. It's a slender tome, however, given the somewhat high price.


The Classic English Town House
The Classic English Town House
by Rachel Stewart
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but, 4 Jun 2010
Covers all the usual subjects, and more besides, but difficult to navigate with numerous page number errors in the index.


Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties
Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties
by Marcus Scriven
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity, 16 April 2010
I wanted to like this book - it's right up my street, although the four subjects are at best very tiresome individuals - but the scores of unattributed quotations serve mostly to undermine many of the anecdotes rather than supporting them. The writing style sends one scurrying repeatedly to the back of the book for the endnotes when footnotes would have been so much convenient, and the lack of an index is a major oversight, and actually a nuisance. Broken up into just four chapters the text is far too long given the material available to the author, also frequently convoluted and could I fear have done with a bit more attention from a good editor. In The Dukes Brian Masters covers more ground and with more style; Catherine Bailey's Black Diamonds struck me as far superior.
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ALEX MOULTON FROM BRISTOL TO BRADFORD ON
ALEX MOULTON FROM BRISTOL TO BRADFORD ON

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's unsung engineering hero, 31 Mar 2010
A timely memoir from Britain's unsung engineering hero, a highly original, almost iconoclastic engineer-designer whose genius - and I choose that word with care - has been brought to bear on aircraft, automobile and bicycle design over the last 60 years or more. Beavering away down in Wiltshire, 89 and still going strong, Dr Moulton's story is compelling and fascinating and his opinions insightful and refreshingly forthright. The book's expensive but, like its subject, truly one of a kind.


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