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Product details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books; 01 edition (4 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846148677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846148675
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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The most ingenious, insightful, inspiring, intoxicating, and simply interesting guide to the great city that I have ever seen (Philip Pullman)

Remarkable ... a nerdy Londoner's paradise ... an exquisite 450-page cross between an encyclopaedia and an artwork (Evening Standard)

The greatest book about London published in modern times ... an illuminated manuscript for the 21st century city (Londonist)

London's bookshops and libraries are filled with printed guides to the city but few (if any) are as comprehensive as Curiocity (Creative Review)

Utterly extraordinary (Tom Holland)

An endlessly fascinating guide to London ... an eccentric lexical juggernaut ... I doubt that anything of such crazy magnitude will be attempted again in a hurry (Evening Standard)

Here is something different [...] composed of fresh flashes of insight [...] constructed as a cabinet of curiosities, the literary equivalent of Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields. The work [the authors] have put into it is formidable, the collaboration they have won from contributors, illustrators and publishers quite breathtaking. (Times Literary Supplement)

The authors' delight in London trivia is infectious (Guardian)

A glorious treasure trove (Esquire)

A beautifully produced miscellany of fascinating facts about London. Wonderful illustrations are added to intriguing nuggets of information on a huge range of subjects from street cries to earthstars. An object of beauty in itself (The Oldie)

Reimagines the 'guidebook' in the same way that Peter Ackroyd's London: the Biography reinvented historical writing about the capital. And just as Ackroyd set a benchmark, every new guide to London will now be viewed with reference to Curiocity. [...] However well you think you know London, you will discover something new on virtually every page, and the things you know well will be seen completely differently. Highly recommended (The London Society)

Beautifully illustrated, quirky and irreverent (Danny Dorling)

Incredibly clever and gorgeous. It's like a London treasure hunt - an unexpected explorers' map of a city I've lived in all my life and thought I knew (Bidisha)

About the Author

Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose are old friends and Curiocity is their first book. Henry likes mazes, maps and literature. He leads cheese walks through the City and has lectured on Geoffrey Chaucer on the London Eye. Matt Lloyd-Rose has been a primary teacher, police officer and social researcher in London. He wrote this book while living in Buenos Aires.


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Large hardback book, beautifully designed and heavy as an old-fashioned encyclopaedia. It makes a beautiful gift for a new Londoner or even for someone who has lived a long time in the city. I'd call it a coffee-table book only that suggests something for looks alone that is not read. This will be: many snippets of history and opinion on the shaping of London as the history-soaked city it is.
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I've lived and worked in London for years and still love looking around me when I walk round the city. This book has so many wacky and inventive ideas of things to visit, look at, take note of and learn about London that I imagine many people won't have ever heard of before.

The pub on Mason's Avenue where, during the plague, it is written that a drunk was mistaken for a dead man and carted off for burial. Lucky he woke up in time, and lucky for me that there is still a pub there, I drink there regularly when at work and stories like that just make the city come to life for me.

A whole chapter on things to do with children, and they are of course not your average day at the Science Museum or NHM.

It's not a guide book really, it is weighty and so beautiful that you wouldn't want to carry it round with you, but the things I have read have stuck in my mind. It's more of a coffee table book that you will want to take notes and ideas from for visits to many different parts of the city.

I would recommend this book for anyone that loves London, even people who are born and bred here would no doubt find so many things they never knew. If you commute and work in London, guaranteed you'll find things to look at in your lunch break and many of the things are not things you pay for.

A lovely gift for book lovers due to the beauty of the pages and the hand drawn maps, there is not a single photo in sight.

With a book like this, London continues to inspire and amaze me, long may it continue.
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This book is fantastic!! Item took a while to arrive but well worth the wait...talking of weight,....this book is heavier than expected and definitely not something you can carry around London while sightseeing!

Fantastic price given other retailers are selling for double the price. Well worth a buy.
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I bought this on a recommendation from a work colleague for my partner for his birthday. While I haven't read it, I can say that at first glance, it looks really interesting, and beautifully laid out. Also, my partner said it was brilliant, and pored over it for weeks - so it must be good!
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An occasional visitor to London, I have always found it a place bursting with vigour and interest. Now, thanks to Curiocity, I know so much more about this wonderful city. How the authors managed to collate such a treasure trove of information about things to see and do - more than one person could hope to visit in one lifetime - I do not know. But so glad that they have. I already have a shortlist of just some of the things I shall be looking out for on my next visit, including the seven noses of Soho, the cockney ATM and the overstuffed walrus. Then there's the treasure hunt to undertake. So beautifully illustrated and bound it's a pleasure just to look at, but the writing is clever, quirky, informative and fun. Whether you know and love London or not, this book is pure enjoyment. Treat yourself, do.
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I saw a review of this anD had to have it. I love London and am always on the lookout for new places to explore when I go down.You can go shopping anywhere, anytime so why not explore the other interesting sights that only London has? This book is brilliant for anyone interested in London, it's history and new things to explore there.
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This extraordinary, quirky and original production is a huge collection of curious and singular facts about London. It is neither a conventional guide book (too large and heavy to carry around for one thing) nor a coffee table volume (not glossy enough and no photos). It is not a book to read from cover to cover; but it might be a bedside book to be read in stages. You can study the contents pages, then dip into any area that takes your fancy. Or you can flip through the pages fairly quickly to get an idea of its arrangement, or just take pot luck. Wherever you eventually arrive, you will find a host of interesting, arcane information, sometimes about places, too numerous to mention, that you thought you knew well, but in practice find you didn't. Other times it will be entirely new information about places, histories etc. that will prompt you to go and take a look for yourself.

My only criticism is that the typography in places is rather poor. The type is frequently too small (particularly the footnotes) and sometimes on coloured paper that further reduces its legibility. But these are minor faults and are compensated by the many charming hand-drawn illustrations. As a born Londoner who has lived in the city for more than sixty years, I am always drawn to books about the place and this is one of the oddest, but most enjoyable, I have encountered.
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Energetic, eccentric and eclectic comes to mind when describing Curiocity: In pursuit of London, the recently published Penguin Random House book by Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose.

Born out of a frankly eccentric map magazine published a few years ago, the authors decided to expand their wealth of knowledge into a book so large it might as well be described as a tome.

I was recommended this book by Matt Brown when he contributed to the London Grill the editor-at-large at Londonist, part written, according to the preface in Buenos Aires, along with contributions from anybody who has a professional interest in London’s minutiae, the book is broken down into 26 chapters, each beginning with a letter of the alphabet. With the added bonus of clues to the location of six hidden ceramic tiles to be found dotted about London, much like the seven noses of Soho prosaically termed as an interactive ‘extra’.

This is truly a book for London anoraks, of which I’m a fully paid up member, as such my first instinct when opening a book is to look for information about the production. Here Curiocity doesn’t disappoint, giving a full page describing the typefaces used and the reasons for that decision (Johnston and Caslon since you ask.

The second chapter deals with blocks, from buildings to the stepping block used by a diminutive Wellington to mount his horse outside the Athenaeum Club, head straight for Chapter E for Eros if London’s erotic life is your thing, or Chapter X for xenophilia (no I’d never heard of that one either, apparently it’s the love of foreign people and objects); giving you everything you need to know about London’s diverse population.

I headed off to Chapter P pearls (of wisdom of cabbies, get it?
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