Archive for ‘London’

November 21, 2011

Londoners: Craig Taylor

by Stuart

Our favourite Canadian in London Craig Taylor has spent the last five years interviewing a massive ragtag army of Londoners, and this gorgeously produced, splendidly jacketed paperback is the glorious upshot of it all.  The transcribed oral testimonies of cabbie, currency trader, dominatrix, street cleaner, beekeeper, commuter, squatter, property developer, barrister, hedge fund manager, market trader, funeral director and loads and loads more all rub shoulders in an immensely readable cacophony that’s as close to a microcosm of the unreal city as it’s possible to find in book form.  This is already one of our favourite books of the year: a teeming bustle of real London voices that educates and entertains in equal measure.  Every home in this town should have one.

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October 6, 2011

London Unfurled: Matteo Pericoli

by Team Riverside

Matteo Pericoli spent two years travelling along the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge to the [former] Millennium Dome and committing both sides of the riverbank to paper, and this is the result: two 37 foot long pen and ink drawings (a total of over 22 metres for the metrically minded), one for the north bank and another for the south, both beautifully detailed and wondrously simple, printed back to back and all slipcased- up.  This is no mere London souvenir book but a genuine work of art.  For an actual look, check out the artists’ site for it here.

May 6, 2011

London’s Lost Rivers

by Team Riverside

Paul Talling, £9.99

The man behind Derelict London has been at it again, putting together another pocket sized tour to the bits of London you never knew existed; wet bits, to be specific – rivers, canals, ditches, brooks – long since drained, built over or otherwise consigned to the vagaries of history.  A handsome little book and most illuminating.

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January 13, 2011

Derelict London

by Team Riverside

Paul Talling, £9.99

An alternative London that eschews the sights and locales we’re all familiar with in favour of the derelict and forgotten landmarks slowly rotting away in front of us.

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January 12, 2011

The London Compendium

by Team Riverside

Ed Glinert. £12.99

The tales of hidden London, area by area, street by street, building by building, comprehensively catalogued by a man that has walked them all; riots, murders, rock & roll, espionage, gangs, the lot.

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January 11, 2011

London the Biography & Thames Sacred River

by Team Riverside

Peter Ackroyd, £16.99 (London), £14.99 (Thames)

The book of London (the clue is in the title) and the book of the River Thames (from sea to source and everything in-between).  Both bestsellers since the day they were published and neither – rightly – looking like losing that crown anytime soon.

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January 9, 2011

The London Cookbook

by Team Riverside

Jenny Linford, £14.99

Food writer Jenny Linford combines her own recipes with those of other food-loving Londoners -delicatessan owners, market stall owners, chefs and restaurateurs – in this celebration of London’s food culture.

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January 9, 2011

Brewer’s Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable

by Team Riverside

Russ Willey, £15.99

The essential London reference book you did not know you needed; a heady, witty and surprising  mixture of the people , places, events, myths, anecdotes and slang.

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January 9, 2011

London Encyclopeadia

by Team Riverside

Ben Weinreb, £30

The most comprehensive book on London ever published, revised and updated with over 6000 entries and 500 drawings, prints and photographs covering all that is relevant to the city’s culture, economy, government and history.  The definitive London reference work.

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January 6, 2011

50 Things to Spot in London

by Team Riverside

 

Usborne, £5.99

A pack of pocket-sized cards to help recognise and learn all about 50 of London’s famous landmarks.  Each card has a detailed illustration, with information, facts and statistics on reverse.

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January 3, 2011

Lost London 1870-1945

by Team Riverside

Special Price: £19.99

A spectacular collection of more than 500 of the best images from the former London County Council archive of photographs, held by English Heritage for 25 years, but by no means a nostalgic lament for the city.


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November 4, 2010

I Never Knew that about the River Thames

by Team Riverside

Christopher Winn, £9.99

Southend pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world

Christopher Winn, author of a whole host of I Never Knew That About… titles turns his attention this time to the Thames – all of it, not just the bit in the middle – in another fascinating and thorough excursion through the trivia and minutiae of history.

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