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The Little Book of London
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2007
Bought this for a non-reading friend new to London (from NY)- as it looked like an easy-dip-in-dip-out book. Then I dipped in, then I dipped in a bit more, then I read the whole thing through and decided to keep it myself so I'm back to buy another. Some really, REALLY extraordinary stuff in here, and lots of bizarre stories about people and places - all of it true, he says - together with some neat cartoons and a lot of laughs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2007
Definitely a browser rather than a traditional guide book, but still a real find for anyone with an interest in London with wealth of wacky or unexpected detail about both the modern and historic city, and all of it delivered with wit and panache.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2008
Got two copies for Xmas, and laughed solidly until I reached the end. Maybe not the most USEFUL book on London, but certainly the funniest in a long while. Odd anecdotes, strange facts, extraordinary people and wild goings-on combine to paint an irresistable portraint of the greatest city on earth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2008
David Long is clearly very versatile. This is a more humorous attempt at writing about London than I've seen from him before, & he pulls it off very well. A good mix of sober & crazy facts from all walks of London life, showing what an eclectic & interesting place this town is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2009
A comprehensive look at some of the more quirky sides of our Capital City. A very good book for picking up in a few odd minutes and a wonderful source of material for ice breakers at boring dinner parties.... like.... "did you know that 14 men held a dinner party at the top of Nelson's column in 1843" or " under an office block in Fleet Street there is the 14th century crypt of a religious house founded by the Carmelite Order of White Friars." .... great stuff... and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2010
I haven't finished this book yet as I take it to read when I use the tube which isn't very regularly, but even so I am so impressed with the level of research that must have gone into it, as a native and lover of London the book is fascinating. I'll be buying at least one more as a Christmas gift.
It's a wonderful little book that fits into my jacket pocket too, ideal for traveling around our great city. highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2008
Great little book, so interesting.It is a handy size, so easy to slip in a pocket when out and about in London. I bought three as christmas tree presents. Deciding to wrap my presents I picked up the book and spent the whole morning reading it. Needless to say I did not get much wrapping done. Now about to order two more, one of them for myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2009
It may be a little book, but it is big on knowledge. There are intesting and some funny facts you never knew about this wonderful and strange city. This is not just perfect for Londoners, but for everyone, as everyone can learn a little something!
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on 16 September 2012
I think that Mr. Long should be congratulated for making what could have been a dry book of facts so easy and enjoyable to read.

The book provides, for tourist, general browser and Londoner alike, a valuable source of information and inspiration to seek out some of the hidden treasures of the capital.

Time just seemed to slip past as I read the book. It is so full of information that you wonder how anyone found the time to compile it all and at the same time make it so accessible. I really enjoyed the quirky facts and the more sombre ones. For example the body buried in the tomb of the unknown soldier was chosen at midnight by a blindfolded officer from one of six bodies of British servicemen exhumed from separate battlefield graves for that purpose. Also that the North Vietnamise leader Ho Chi Minh had once been a pastry chef before the First world war working for Cesar Ritz at the Carlton Hotel. Random facts which help put the flesh on the bones of history.

I really enjoyed this book and will look at it again before my next trip to London to find some hidden places to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2010
Another little gem of a book from David Long. This book contains facts figures and tales about Britains capital city that answers so many of those questions and provides the reader with a deep knowledge of London and its history, customs and lifestyles.
A fascinating and entertaining book suitable for browsing or reading from cover to cover!
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