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A book that makes its subject accessible is a rare thing and this one does that and more
on 12 September 2013
I am a relative newcomer to the history of London in the Georgian period. My attempts to improve my knowledge of a city I love in that glorious period have constantly been dogged by the majority of books I've read no the subject. Certain histories have a tendency to get bogged down in detail that is so wedded to minutia that it loses the reader completely. This book has none of that. In what I consider to be an innovative approach, the author has finely drawn the narrative and almost compartmentalised London by area while telling full and comprehensive stories for each of them. It's almost like an almanac of local histories, all of which draw together to tell the full story. It's an engaging way of writing history and one that I've never before come across. The writing style too is a revelation. The author almost invites you in as a bystander to what she is seeing, and as each detail is revealed the depth of her research is plain and clear. If I have a criticism to make, it would be that each chapter seems too short and leaves you wishing she'd told you more. A wonderful read.