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London: A Traveller's Reader By Peter Ackroyd

London: A Traveller's Reader by Peter Ackroyd

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The rich and glorious past of one of the great cities of the world is brought vividly to life for today's reader in this collection of letters, diaries and memoirs of visitors to London and of Londoners themselves.

London: A Traveller's Reader Summary

London: A Traveller's Reader by Peter Ackroyd

Loved and hated in equal measure, London was for centuries the world's greatest city. Its streets, teeming with history, have always worn a variety of influences, reflecting the diverse crowds who have walked them. Its citizens have witnessed everything from pilgrimages, celebrations, acts of heroism and moments of religious contemplation to riots, executions, grisly murders and disastrous plagues and fires. Drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs of London's most interesting inhabitants and visitors, this anthology compiled by acclaimed historian Thomas Wright and with an introduction by Peter Ackroyd tells the story of the city from its earliest years.

Here you will find John Evelyn's famous account of the Great Fire in 1666, Dickens's brilliant evocation of the Gordon Riots of 1780, an eyewitness description of the execution of Charles I, and Churchill's recollections of the Blitz. There are also less familiar, though no less vivid, excerpts, which provide an entertaining, sometimes risque glimpse into the life, customs and morals of this great city.

London: A Traveller's Reader Reviews

London . . . if you want to know it better . . . Ackroyd is your indispensable companion. - Observer

About Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd (Author)
Peter Ackroyd, CBE, novelist, critic and biographer, formerly literary editor of the Spectator and chief non-fiction reviewer for the Times, has won numerous literary awards. His London: The Biography (2000) took the South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature.

Thomas Wright (Author)
Thomas Wright, historian, writer and researcher, was editor for Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography.

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GOR009320491
9781472141651
1472141652
London: A Traveller's Reader by Peter Ackroyd
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
2018-05-24
464
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