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INTERESTING LITTLE GEM OF A BOOK,
This review is from: Bloody London: A Shocking Guide to London's Gruesome Past and Present (Paperback)
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I don't know about you, but I do have an interest in the hidden stories of London that relate to it's gruesome history, so when I cam eacross the book I was a bit sceptical because there are so many books on this topic. However Bloody London is quite unique I feel, because you can actually participate in it. How? Well, in many ways it's like one of those Ghost Walk's in your hand - the location is there, the story is there and there are some interesting anecdotes, observations and facts to go with it. The book is small (pocket) size and ideally works as a guide book pointing out where to go to visit a location, what happened there and so you can get a far better feel of the history rather than just by reading alone. If you do use it as part of a tour then you will find it particularly enjoyable and interesting.
The content is broked into locations so you can focus on one area and gives full address, tube details too. As an example you can go and vist the pub where the murderer Denis Nielson met his first victim, so sit there with a pint and get a feel to that scene. In fact many of the stories suggest a coffee shop or pub nearby to the location where you can read a chapter before going outside and finding the spot of interest.
The stories are not confined to the Victorian era (hence Nielson) but clearly covers Jack the Ripper in quite a bit of depth, together with many, many snippets of locations including incidents with the Krays and locations such as Drury Lane where the plque was said to have been discovered.
So rather than going into full details, if you like the darker side of London in an easy to read, practical book that you can jump around to areas and stories/incidents and places of interest then Bloody London works well.