Londonopolis

Londonopolis

Martin Latham Hardcover, 223 pages; 2014
#UL0662 $14.95 Members' Price: $12.71

If you're hunting for a guidebook to tell you the entry fee for the Tower of London or which is the closest Tube stop to Trafalgar Square, I'm afraid Londonopolis won't do you a bit of good. But if you delight in serendipitous meetings of history, geography, culture, and even royal gossip, then this "curious history of London" is just what you're looking for! Historian-turned-bookseller Martin Latham has created brief yet wonderfully insightful anecdotes about Heathrow's ancient ceremonial significance, the East India Company's surprisingly progressive labor practices, the architect driven mad by his work on the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, a top-secret former MI5 torture facility located on "Millionaires' Row," the Cecil Court bookseller who asked Hitler to stop burning books and send them to her instead...and more! (KG)

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