Close family members have grown up in and around the Camden Town area of North London, so any well-written history of it is always welcome in the Random Household. I really enjoyed reading this book, as did Mr Random. It flows well and is packed full of information without being boring.
I was born in grew up in the area and know it very well. This is brilliantly researched and entertainingly written. The insights and endless "blimey, I didn't know that" experiences were wonderful. I'm going to buy a copy for my brother, we're both ex-pats now and I for one miss the area, despite its faults and challenges.
I highly recommend this. It is extremely well written, with a pleasingly witty style. It is very well-researched and Camden as an area provides the opportunity to pick up on a huge range of topics: the development of the railways, the Camden Town artists, sensational crimes from the Camden Town murders to the gangland Race Track Wars, raffish literary types. It is fascinating social history and a riveting read.