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on 16 October 2017
Bought as a gift but looks very interesting for the recipient.
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on 14 October 2014
Extremely well written book, and a must if you are interested in the period
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on 22 April 2016
It is informative factually but surprisingly hard to read. I found my attention wandering. Perhaps a bit more sub editing would have helped.
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on 14 August 2014
Very interesting and thorough history of a formative period in the capital's history.
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on 25 April 2016
If I had a time machine, I'd want to go and see for myself the Covent Garden that Vic Gatrell describes so vividly in this wonderful book.
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on 23 December 2013
Great!
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on 8 November 2016
Good
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on 26 February 2015
A terriffic venture into Georgian London and the Covent Garden art scene
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on 11 October 2013
This book is a very well researched study of Covent Garden and its adjoining districts in the eighteenth century with 174 illustrations with pithy comments and evocative descriptions based on contemporary accounts. The author notes the exact locations of many dwellinghouses, coffee shop, studios etc to prove his thesis [he succeeds, even though there was at the time no established middle class to be bohemian against]. I had to go to the endpapers of "Boswell's London Journal" published by Heinemann in 1950 which has a plan of CG showing some of the places he mentions. Something similar in this book would be helpful. On a minor point. I annot agree that the present Covent Garden is a "charmless tourist trap", The tourists I can't answer for, but architectually St Paul's church still dominates the piazza with its portico and great Tuscan eaves protecting us from the fierce London sun, looking over Fowler's market building, itself an outstanding piece of architecture.
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on 6 January 2014
gorgeous book about the 18th century absolutley loved this one, brilliant well done , have not read it all but you can just pick this one up and read from any page ...
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