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5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct, well-written and highly recommended, 2 May 2013
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This review is from: A Short History of London (Kindle Edition)
There are a lot of books on London and its history but none so succinct as this. Yet for its shortness, and after all the title makes it plain that it is a short read, one isn't left feeling short-changed. Quite the contrary - everything is covered: from the coming of the Romans, including Boudicca, to the multicultural city that it is today... and everything in-between: the Great Fire, Victorian London, the world wars, etc.
Especially fascinating was the chapter entitled `Subterranean London' - from secret tunnels to hidden rivers. Apparently, there are `thirteen waterways that gush beneath the city'. Never knew that. In fact, there's a lot in this book that I had no idea about.
By the end of it, I felt fully versed in the history of this magnificent city and rather proud to be one of its inhabitants.
The biographies make a great read - William the Conqueror, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, King George IV, Charles Dickens, Churchill, Henry Beck, who designed the iconic London tube map, to the capital's most notorious villains - Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins. There's even a great biography on Big Ben and how the massive bell was cast and how it got its name.
It's a wonderfully well written. You feel that you're being told a story. The author has a lovely and even friendly turn of phrase which made reading this book an enjoyable and entertaining experience.
Highly recommended.
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