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A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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â€˜If you're planning an outing to the capital, it's the perfect appetiser - packed with inspiring detail and observations.â€™
â€˜Live everyday life, entries can be both monotonous and vivid, but A London Year will have something to teach residents and visitors alike.â€™
â€˜The perfect book for all who live in or love this eternal, ever-changing city.â€™
About the Author
NICK RENNISON has worked as a writer, editor and bookseller for more than twenty years. His London Blue Plaque Guide has been through three editions in the last decade and he has also published The Book of London Lists, described by the London Evening Standard as a book that 'can teach even the most die-hard Londoner something they didn't know'. He lives in Stockport.
TRAVIS ELBOROUGH has been a freelance writer, author, and cultural commentator for more than a decade. His books include The Bus We Loved: London's Affair with the Routemaster, Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and London Bridge in America. With Bob Stanley from the band Saint Etienne, he co-wrote the script for How We Used to Live, a BFI London archive film directed by Paul Kelly, that premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival. He is currently the Chisenhale Gallery's 2014/5 Offsite Artist in Residence in Victoria Park, East London.
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The narrative perspective is interesting. Literally a day by day account seen through numerous and wildly different eyes. I must confess to initial reservation that it's possible to retain a coherent thread when switching, for example, from Arnold Bennett to Alan Bennett on the same page. But it works, and so well.
It has pace, it's diverse and very, very readable. Engaging, entertaining and informed, I really enjoyed this. It's fascinating to 'view' a city through a year, across the ages and from so many interesting standpoints. In short, I loved it.
In short, it's undemanding but very interesting. Do it on the Tube, waiting for the adverts to finish, sitting on the ... or wherever!
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