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London's Lost Rivers: A Walker's Guide Paperback – 8 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Tom Bolton is a researcher, walker and photographer who lives and works in London. He writes regularly about the city and reviews theatre and music.
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Far from being a simple history of the underground rivers that feed the Thames, the author has enthusiastically plotted walks which chart their original routes in minute detail and provides fascinating insights into the areas they pass through.
Accompanied by hand drawn maps and a generous smattering of moodily lit photos, each short bulleted description of their course is accompanied by an enlightening paragraph or two which brings to life London's forgotten history.
I was surprised to discover that I have lived so close to many of the rivers covered in the book, but have been completely oblivious to their existence (even for example where the tributaries emerge from the ground to fill ornamental lakes). Want to know how an area or a road got its name? or perhaps the origins of that distinctive building you pass on the way in to work? It's a fair bet that this book has it covered. An absolutely fascinating and engaging read. Really do recommend.
It's really well researched, clearly laid out and very entertainingly told with a great use of examples and anecdotes from all eras which really bring the narrative to life. I would heartily recommend it and look forward to a follow-up from the author. And, no, I'm not related to him nor do I know him.
Minor quibbles? The first edition had a couple of typos on the route instructions which I'm sure have been picked up in later editions. And the colour photos were, for me, unnecessarily arty. But those aside this is a wonderful book and a must have for those of us who enjoy exploring London but are not served by most of the walking books available.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this book a lot to plan cycle trips and have had a great year exploring new paths and rivers. Highly recommended if you plan to walk or cycle around London and want to do... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good, clear walks with lots of interesting facts. My only criticism is that all the maps are split into sections so you can't ever get one big overview map.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very detailed and very informative, but not comprehensive; it only features eight of London's lost rivers, but there's plenty of detail there - enough to keep you busy... Read morePublished 21 months ago by B. Harding
Great little reference book, covering 8 London rivers, with lots of maps designed by William Allen. I hope Tom Bolton follows this up with another book on the many brooks of... Read morePublished 24 months ago by ISABELLA WESOLY
Clear and interesting writing but walking directions need more clarity - author gives the impression he did the walk, then wrote the directions afterwards trying to remember where... Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2014 by willhill
Being a keen London walker and interested in all London history this is a wonderfully detailed book taking you down the routes of what were smelly, foul and dirty lost rivers of... Read morePublished on 7 April 2014 by Miss Nicola L Hope
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