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...and full supporting cast,
This review is from: The Day Parliament Burned Down (Hardcover)
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This is a fine addition to any collection of books about London. The story of the actual burning was already fairly familiar to me, although there is a lot of detail here. This is a bit galling at times - we have a verbal description of the mazy structure to start with which is hard to follow, and I gave up on it and referred to a recently published copy of the plans (very useful when the course of the fire is detailed). On its own, however, the fire is not enough to maintain interest in a book of this length, so it's a great pleasure to constantly come across fascinating digressions - ranging from details of the changes in firefighting provisions in London to information on the 1832 Reform Act - and this adds to the book's readability as well as to the reader's knowledge, so that by the finish we can feel that we have really swallowed a slice of history. As so often in modern non-fiction, the illustrations are bunched away from the relevant text and are too small, though at least there is very little padding out with pictures which are simply related to the period rather than the events and people. A thorough examination of a vivid historical scene.