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A London Country Diary: Mundane Happenings from the Secret Streets of the Capital Paperback – 3 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848317050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848317055
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Bradford is an illustrator, artist and writer. He is the author of The Groundwater Diaries (4th Estate, 2004) and Small Town England (Ebury, 2010), described as a 'warm, kaleidoscopic romp of a reminiscence' by Stuart Maconie. He frequently publishes illustrations in When Saturday Comes and the Guardian, and is otherwise to be found tramping the streets of London looking for musical instruments, old bookshops or lost rivers. He lives in Stoke Newington and Co. Clare, Ireland. See more at timbradford.com.


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I'm surprised at the lack of publicity for this book. It is completely nonexistent on Amazon.com, and on Amazon.co.uk has not a review. The same goes for Goodreads and Shelfari. The reason it surprises me is because this book is actually very interesting and well-written. When you first look at it, it almost strikes you as a children's book - what with the cover and the illustrations inside. But what it really is, is a book full of hidden treasures - about London specifically yes - but also about the world. About life.

This is the sort of thing that I've always wanted to do, in fact, it is one of the things that I always STARTED doing until I got lazy halfway through and put it away for another time. Tim Bradford has been working on this for many years (which makes me feel better). It is a collection that he wrote and put together over a period of time, and it all sounds and looks like a bunch of disconnected stories, but what they really are and what they really showcase are the moments. The moments that made him stop and think, that made him stop and wonder, that made him stop and catch his breath, that made him stop and scoff, that made him stop. Period.

Moments that perhaps we all have on a daily basis, but we never stop to think "hey, I should write this down, and add a little scribbly drawing next to it!". He did, though. And he did it well. I loved the interactions he had with people, strangers or otherwise. I loved his interactions with his children, which were absolutely adorable. I loved the way he made fun of himself.

The reason I give it 4 rather than 5 stars however, was because of all the "nature" parts. Obviously, a book taking place in the countryside, a lot of nature is involved. Naturally.
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Found a copy of this in a North London charity shop and bought it 'cos it was cheap and about a bit North London I know. It is the most enjoyable book I've read in ages. Full of observations of Highbury, Clissold Park, Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington which made me laugh. It was really refreshing and well worth a read. Not sure what his neighbours thought of him after reading it though.
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