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London: A Travel Guide Through Time Paperback – 16 Jun 2016
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Dr Matthew Green, author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, has a knack for revealing the most unexpected details of London's multifaceted past in fascinating and accessible detail. (Daily Telegraph)
Matthew Green's time travelling vehicle's headlights focus on fascinating details, time after time, as it swoops around London. A must for anyone interested in London's history. His research can't be faulted. (Liza Picard (bestselling author of 'Elizabeth's London' and 'Restoration London'))
It's a sizeable tome, yet written with such a storyteller's flare that the pages whizz by like a hover-converted Delorean... London: A Travel Guide Through Time is easily the most engaging social history of the capital since the books of Liza Picard a decade ago. (Londonist)
London: A Travel Guide Through Time is really excellent; I think it's one of the best London books for a long, long time. Green is a brilliant, brilliant London historian. (Robert Elms BBC Radio London)
I enjoyed this book immensely. Matthew Green has executed an original idea extremely well. Every page yields fascinating glimpses into the past habits and horrors of our greatest city, bringing to life the detail of daily existence in an unforgettable way. There are many surprises for all of us here about how Londoners lived, at least as much, it turns out, in the 1950s as in the 1390s. An excellent and vivid work of history. (William Hague)
Dr Matthew Green is hands down the best storyteller I have ever met. His book, London: A Travel Guide Through Time, is endlessly illuminating and engaging. (George Lamb)
London: A Travel Guide Through Time, by the hugely talented author Dr Matthew Green, is a masterful evocation of the sights, sounds - and smells - of old London town at various key moments through the last few centuries. (Tom Hodgkinson (bestselling author of 'How To Be Idle'))
A brilliantly-observed work...Green starts each chapter by plonking you in a very specific location - richly described - in the London of the year featured. You then visit various parts of the metropolis by both day and night...like a skilled guide or conversationalist, the author succeeds in making the places visited genuinely interesting. A wonderful debut. (London Historians)
Green is a superb storyteller. The writing is evocative and witty. It was such an engaging book, that I was loathe to put down at night. Whether you are new to London, a born-and-bred Londoner looking to to rekindle your connection with your city, or a visitor planning to enjoy a trip here, this book is for you. (Medievalists.net)
No-one makes history come to life more vividly than the erudite, acclaimed and all-round impressive Dr. Matthew Green. (Eleanor O'Keefe (co-founder, 5x15))
About the Author
Dr Matthew Green is an historian and broadcaster, with a PhD in the history of London from Oxford University. He writes historical features for the Telegraph and Guardian, appears in documentaries on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and gives talks all over London. He is the co-founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive, critically acclaimed tours of London as live events, audio downloads and apps.
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Imagine being able to visit all your favourite parts of London and then to re-visit them in other centuries. Luxuriate in the sounds, smells and tableaux of pictures brilliantly brought to life by the author.
The narrative is captivating and makes you want to keep exploring, keep walking around this great city.
It is stimulating, exciting and historically so informative.
Having bought a copy early at the launch, I thoroughly recommend this book as a read not to be missed.
The format of the book is as a travel guide around the different eras of London, from Shakespearean to Medieval to Victorian, describing to the reader what they will see...from well known sights and buildings to the minutiae of the everyday activity and what you as a time travelling tourist could do and see. I loved the style of Dr Green's writing and how it seemed he was a real tour guide talking directly to you. The depth of knowledge and the obvious effort that has been put in to this book is astounding, a truly enjoyable and thrilling read. If you have taken the time to read this review and have even a smidgen of interest in the vast history of the amazing city of London then please buy this book. You will not regret it.
As lover of all things historic it's a real treat, and takes you on a tour of London in Shakespearean 1603, medieval 1390, plague struck1665, Victorian 1884, post blitz 1957, and to finish 1716. It is very descriptively written, and takes the form of guided tours through the streets with lots of interesting facts, and information on the sights, smells and sounds of the day, if you close your eyes and use your imagination you can almost be there. A lovely book to keep and read again and again, it would also make a great gift.