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Book Title: London: The Biography of a City|
The author of the book: Christopher Hibbert
Date of issue: August 25th 1983
ISBN 13: 9780140052473
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.16 MB
Edition: Penguin Books
Read full description of the books London: The Biography of a City:The prolific late history writer and biographer Christopher Hibbert always makes congenial company, and this 'Biography' of London is no exception. Spanning nearly 2,000 years from the city's origins in Roman Britannia through the Edwardian age (plus a brief chapter quickly summarizing the modern period up to 1969) this is a very accessible, breezily written, and entertaining history. Chapters focus alternately on the physical structure and landmarks of the city (helpfully with copious notes on the surviving attractions, including their accessibility to the visitor) and on the social history of each period in London. These latter sections are especially enjoyable, full of first hand accounts and anecdotes, and packed with color and surprising, often amusing, detail. This is an especially good title for anyone like myself who's planning a visit and wants a grounding or refresher in the history, geography, and character of London. I've added several 'musts' to my itinerary thanks to this book: much of this information is timeless, but bear in mind that even the revised editions are now decades old, so be sure to confirm the tourism related details independently online. I was prompted to read this after having enjoyed Hibbert's "Rome: Biography of a City" years ago in anticipation of my first visit to that city -- that, too, is a feast, and likewise copiously illustrated with wonderful and unexpected images.
Read information about the authorChristopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS (5 March 1924 - 21 December 2008) was an English writer, historian and biographer. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George IV, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.
Described by Professor Sir John Plumb as "a writer of the highest ability and in the New Statesman as "a pearl of biographers," he established himself as a leading popular historian/biographer whose works reflected meticulous scholarship.
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