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Curiocity: In Pursuit of London Hardcover – 4 Aug 2016

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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I love books on London, especially if they cover things I don't already know. This does that in spades and in a delightful way too.
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Bought as a gift and it turned out even more interesting than was expected.
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I LOVED IT
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Excellent condition and speedy delivery it is a beautiful and interesting book! Great for those who know London well and less so.
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I have many books about many aspects of London. I can say, this is the best yet. You may never have to buy another book on London. This is absolutely superb.
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A very interesting book full of snippets that we did not know. It arrived very promptly.
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Arrived promptly and the person I bought it for as a gift loved it.
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Totally fascinating.
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