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Lost London Hardcover – 3 May 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843178036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843178033
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Guard rediscovers some of the lost places, secret spaces and darker secrets ... of Old London in this well-researched, and well-written, little book (Tribune)

Lost London succeeds completely at providing an evocative - almost nostalgic - feel for the streetscape of yesterday's lost city (Londonist.com)

Fascinating (The Lady)

Engaging and often surprising (New Statesman)

This is a delightful and original guide book to London (Telegraph online)

modest exercise in metropolitan time-travel... Guard writes cleverly (The Guardian)

Beautifully illustrated with original drawings and engravings, this is the perfect gift for history lovers (NFU Countryside)

On just about every page I turn something catches my eye... Who could not be entertained by such a book as this? (Optima Magazine)

A must for anyone who wants to understand the city and its history (The Field)

a little gem of a book (Oddfellows Magazine)

About the Author

Having moved to London in 1984, Richard Guard worked for six years as a cycle courier, during which time he fell in love with the city, while also gaining an intimate knowledge of its history and topography. Eventually he succeeded in breaking into the film industry, and is now one of the country's most sought-after documentary editors with a string of awards to his name.

While researching for a film on London, Richard delved into the capital's past and found a wealth of inspiration in London's antiquarian bookshops. These literary explorations (and a late-night excursion into hidden London when Richard discovered a way into the disused Kingsway Tram Tunnel on Southampton Row, WC1) inspired Lost London.

Richard has lived in seventeen different parts of the metropolis over the years, and is now settled in East Dulwich with his wife and three sons. He has published articles of cycling and on travelling in Asia, and is also the lead singer of the Dulwich Ukulele Club, an eleven-piece band that tours the country and plays at a variety of music festivals.

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This is a curious little book. It contains a selection of places and things around London that are no longer there - exactly as you would expect from the title.
Why, then, did it not grab me at all? I'm not sure, but I think it is too brief to be entertaining. Each section tends to be very short, with a few bare facts, but little background. It is a bit like a guidebook, but for things that you cannot visit.
In the end, I cannot decide who this book is aimed at, but it's not me!
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Brilliant book. Lots of interesting places I didn't know about. It's a nice bedtime book. Arrived in good time and in a good condition.
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Really was an amazing read, visions of a lost world formed in my head and will remain there. Brilliantly put together
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I saw this book passing a local bookshop window and I've now had it for a couple of weeks - I think I've already browsed through every page. It's great fun for people who know London well and enjoy the thought experiment of grafting something from the past onto a modern location - a real sense of the past in the present. It's arranged place by place, and the moment you pick it up it feels like a book to dip into with pleasure. It's not lavish but there's plenty of good illustrations - I even got out my A to Z to match Guard's entries with the locations I didn't know. Guard writes in a concise, informative and informal style, he wears his considerable learning lightly, and it's quite simply full of really interesting stuff that I had never known. Wd definitely recommend for anyone who's interested in London, especially if you're not in the mood to take on a magnum opus from Ackroyd, Porter or the scarcely readable Sinclair.
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An early problem solver of what to get the family for Christmas. Not only is Guard's book packed with fascinating details and stories about old London town, it'll be a great source for the Boxing Day quiz. Who wouldn't have loved to sup in Fleet Street's The Devil Public House where 'insipid poetry' was forbidden or visited the Diorama in Camden with its trompe l'oeils operated by a lad with a ram engine? This is a London to be cherished and explored.
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fascinating guide to all those unknown parts of london written a light and informative way the perfect gift for anyone interested in old london town
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Lots of info, covers a lot of ground and not too badly written. The problem, while there are lots of strange characters as well as events it all gets a little repetitive after a while and this feeling is not helped because in the majority of cases there is little or nothing on the ground to see.

I think one would have to be a really lover of 'gone' London to really enjoy this book, I love London and spend lots of time walking around it but I struggled to finish it.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2012
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This is a wonderful little book. It is the perfect gift for the person who loves London and its history, or just someone who likes quirky books full of interesting facts. It is written in an engaging and entertaining manner. I have read a lot of books about London and lived there for five years, but it still managed to tell me lots of delightful little snippets about the city I've never come across before. I ate it up in one sitting and was totally bowled over by it.
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