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London's Lost Rivers Paperback – 5 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184794597X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847945976
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An amazing book" (BBC Radio London)

"Packed with fascinating facts and eye-catching photography" (Ham & High)

"Talling's highly visual, fact-packed, waffle-free account is the freshest take we've yet seen. A must-buy for anyone who enjoys the "hidden" side of London" (Londonist)

"A fascinating and stylish guide to exploring the capital's forgotten brooks, waterways, canals and ditches ... it's a terrific book" (Walk)

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A beautifully illustrated guide to London's secret rivers

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This is an informative little book, a good companion to The Lost Rivers of London. The maps showing where the lost rivers ran are interesting, although as they tend not to identify bridges on the Thames near where the lost rivers join the Thames, they can be a little confusing.

The main problem with the book is that it is printed in pale blue ink on black shiny paper. The shiny black paper makes the photos, and there are lots of photos, look lovely, but the text is quite hard to read. It's OK in daylight, so if you have the book in your bag on a walk, it is useful, but difficult under artificial light. So no reading this book on long winter evenings when you plan your summer walks.

The print is also quite small and someone has decided to start each new paragraph at the place where the the last word of the previous paragraph ended. Each paragraph is also indented, and all this makes the text uninviting.

The design of this book rather spoiled my enjoyment of it. Having to move a book around so the text is readable does not enhance the reading experience.
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Paul Talling has done much to explore and introduce us to our capital city through his Derelict London website and book. Now he takes on a journey to discover London's Lost Rivers. As ever the book has loads of photographs but,like some of the other reviewers have mentioned, there are problems with the size of the print, the size of the book and the maps. The print is quite small and maybe its size has been determined by the size of the book which I found to be very small. This is especially true of the maps which are not only badly designed as they are altogether far too pale and are hard to read due, once again, due to the size of the book.
I'm really sad to be so critical but it seems that the book has been let down by design and economics. I suspect that a larger more useful book would have tipped the price over £10 which, I suspect, was a boundary the publishers weren't willing to cross. Which is a shame because I would have bought it because Paul Talling is always so informative and well researched.
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A nice little book well-illustrated with many (often quirky) photos, and the author has not neglected some of the more out of the way brooks and streams as well as including the better known lost rivers. If you have Barton's Lost Rivers of London, you should get this too to keep it company on the bookshelf.
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From the author of Derelict London (the book and its popular website) comes Paul Talling's second foray into publishing-London's Lost Rivers. Like its predecessor it's rather small in demension but large in information which details the histories of London's former riverscape. The text is concise but interesting and laiden with plentiful colour photographs. An excellent read and a good accompliment to all things that is London.
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This is an excellent read very much in the tradition of its predecessor Derelict London.
It's quite small in size but huge in content, maps and glossy pics. A bit like the Tardis!
I personally had no problem at all with the text print as was mentioned in another review here - I found it hugely informative, enjoyable and perfectly easy to read.
Looking forward to the next one already!
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A fascinating book about a London many of us never knew existed. This is only a small book, useful for taking on walks to explore, but a more detailed larger version would have been even better. There are some great photos in the book and they would have benefited from a larger, higher quality reproduction in a larger format. A lovely little book though!
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A brilliant book. I had done a couple of the river walks previously but unfortunately wasn't in possession of the information that Talling provides. His links to the present day traces of the old river routes is invaluable. Will be doing a lot of walking in the near future.
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Paul Talling's book is simply magnificent - pocket-sized, beautifully designed, illustrated and informative - in short a joy to read, handle and use to track down London's lost rivers. Having lived in central London for 20 years, I have enjoyed the thrill of tracing the original routes of the Tyburn and Fleet rivers, now flowing underground, but traceable in the twists and turns of still existing streets and lanes. Buy it, read it, use it, enjoy it!
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