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The Little Book of London by [Long, David]
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Those of us who live in London and love the city (despite all its manifold faults) often have our own list of clandestine destinations, secrets and interesting facts about the capital -- which we’re happy to show off to people not lucky enough to live here. But however well you think you know London, the chances are good that that David Long's The Little Book of London will enlarge your storehouse of knowledge. The quirky facts here are delightfully arcane -- such as the fact that the guns of HMS Belfast, moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge, are targeted at Barnet and, if fired, would destroy Scratchwood Services on the M1. Or the fact that the first parking meters were installed in Mayfair with a charge of a shilling (enough to keep parking attendants at bay for an hour -- the same amount today would buy you 45 seconds). In fact, it is often the wonderful historical nuggets here that are the most entertaining, even the grisly ones (such as the watchmaker who threw himself off the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral in 1856, or the man who took a similar dive from the North Tower of the Crystal Palace 12 years later). Such items are crammed into the nearly 200 pages of this eccentric book, so if you are seeking bizarre facts about the railways, the Royal family, theatres or the number of rock stars who have popped their clogs in London, it's all here. And did you know that when Conan Doyle installed Sherlock Holmes in 221b Baker Street, the street numbering ran no further than 85? (That's the trouble with this book – you can't resist quoting it!) --Barry Forshaw

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Those of us who live in London and love the city (despite all its manifold faults) often have our own list of clandestine destinations, secrets and interesting facts about the capital -- which we’re happy to show off to people not lucky enough to live here. But however well you think you know London, the chances are good that that David Long's The Little Book of London will enlarge your storehouse of knowledge. The quirky facts here are delightfully arcane -- such as the fact that the guns of HMS Belfast, moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge, are targeted at Barnet and, if fired, would destroy Scratchwood Services on the M1. Or the fact that the first parking meters were installed in Mayfair with a charge of a shilling (enough to keep parking attendants at bay for an hour -- the same amount today would buy you 45 seconds). In fact, it is often the wonderful historical nuggets here that are the most entertaining, even the grisly ones (such as the watchmaker who threw himself off the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral in 1856, or the man who took a similar dive from the North Tower of the Crystal Palace 12 years later). Such items are crammed into the nearly 200 pages of this eccentric book, so if you are seeking bizarre facts about the railways, the Royal family, theatres or the number of rock stars who have popped their clogs in London, it's all here. And did you know that when Conan Doyle installed Sherlock Holmes in 221b Baker Street, the street numbering ran no further than 85? (That's the trouble with this book – you can't resist quoting it!) --Barry Forshaw

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5069 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH9S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Bought this for a non-reading friend new to London (from NY)- as it looked like an easy-dip-in-dip-out book. Then I dipped in, then I dipped in a bit more, then I read the whole thing through and decided to keep it myself so I'm back to buy another. Some really, REALLY extraordinary stuff in here, and lots of bizarre stories about people and places - all of it true, he says - together with some neat cartoons and a lot of laughs.
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Format: Hardcover
Definitely a browser rather than a traditional guide book, but still a real find for anyone with an interest in London with wealth of wacky or unexpected detail about both the modern and historic city, and all of it delivered with wit and panache.
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Got two copies for Xmas, and laughed solidly until I reached the end. Maybe not the most USEFUL book on London, but certainly the funniest in a long while. Odd anecdotes, strange facts, extraordinary people and wild goings-on combine to paint an irresistable portraint of the greatest city on earth.
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David Long is clearly very versatile. This is a more humorous attempt at writing about London than I've seen from him before, & he pulls it off very well. A good mix of sober & crazy facts from all walks of London life, showing what an eclectic & interesting place this town is.
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A comprehensive look at some of the more quirky sides of our Capital City. A very good book for picking up in a few odd minutes and a wonderful source of material for ice breakers at boring dinner parties.... like.... "did you know that 14 men held a dinner party at the top of Nelson's column in 1843" or " under an office block in Fleet Street there is the 14th century crypt of a religious house founded by the Carmelite Order of White Friars." .... great stuff... and more.
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Format: Hardcover
I haven't finished this book yet as I take it to read when I use the tube which isn't very regularly, but even so I am so impressed with the level of research that must have gone into it, as a native and lover of London the book is fascinating. I'll be buying at least one more as a Christmas gift.
It's a wonderful little book that fits into my jacket pocket too, ideal for traveling around our great city. highly recommended.
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Bought this book to read while on the train to and from work. It's a nice, light and interesting read with loads of facts, some quite useless and some quite interesting. It's just a bit of fun reading about the city you live in and it's colorful past. This will be great as a gift or to keep on your coffee table.
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I wouldn't use this to settle any bets. At one point Long describes Edward VIII as the first bachelor to inherit the throne since William II, 850 years earlier. Seriously? How about Richard I, Henry III, Edward IV, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Charles II, George III? And those are just off the top of my head. Maybe he means the only ones to spend their whole reign as bachelors, but that's not what he says and, even then, he's forgetting Edward VI.

It's ideal for reading on the Kindle app on my phone on the tube.
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