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Fun introduction to London's quirks, but...,
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This review is from: London's Strangest Tales (Paperback)
As a city with a couple of thousand years or so of history, there's no shortage of strange tales to tell about London. This is a fun book, with each tale presented in roughly chronological order and in easily digestible chunks of between half a page and three pages. A good read, then, for anyone wanting a light diversion, or who likes to spout arcane information at parties, and a source of inspiration for the reader's imagination.
What lets it down are the inaccuracies. Charles II's wife was Portuguese, not French (Charles's mother - Charles I's wife - was French) and there's an assertion that Tess of the d'Urbervilles was fooled into thinking that her ancestors were noble. In the version I read, her ancestors WERE noble, it was Alec who had usurped the title. I assume there is only the one book with this title, by one Thomas Hardy? This may be pedantic, but these are not little-known facts or hard to research, so it's inexcusable that the mistakes made it into print. Having read the above two errors in the first fifty pages I had to take the rest of the book with an unhealthily large pinch of salt, and I suggest other readers do the same to avoid egg on the face at those parties....