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Victorian London: The Life of a City 1840-1870 by Liza Picard
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History can be fun, 25 Mar 2007
Not given to review writing, I could not resist this one. The only other book I have ever rated was Stephen Inwood's very excellent History of London which (I note) is Ms Picard's favourite - but her narrow period of history caught my eye browsing one day, and I have thoroughly enjoyed a book of fact dotted with fun. Not, probably, for the serious historian but if my school history book had been written like this I would have remembered a lot more of it. Now I must go - I'm off to buy another fun book of history by Ms Picard.
A History of London by Stephen Inwood
A History of London by Stephen Inwood
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The most readable history book I have ever read, bar none. This is a masterpiece of research, factually presented in a format that should interest the most avid reader, student and even the casual reader. No frills, no speculation, but pure information. A bit like the Forth Bridge, though...I have to re-read passages to glean information I am sure I missed at the first reading. A daunting first impression at 1100 pages, but do not be put off - it is a book you can take time to read.

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