Johnson's Life of London

Johnson's Life of London

The People Who Made the City That Made the World

Book - 2012
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Contents: London Bridge
Boudica
Hadrian
Mellitus
Alfred the Great
William the Conqueror
Geoffrey Chaucer
Richard Whittington
The flush toilet
William Shakespeare
Robert Hooke
The King James Bible
Samuel Johnson
The Bow Street runners
John Wilkes
The suit
J.M.W. Turner
The bicycle
Lionel Rothschild
Ping-pong
Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
Joseph Bazalgette and the sewers
W.T. Stead
The Tube
Winston Churchill
The routemaster bus
Keith Richards
The Midland Grand Hotel
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
Branch Call Number: 920.0421 J
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Life of London
ISBN: 9781594487477
1594487472

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BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

Johnson’s Life of London is a very interesting and highly readable social history of one of the most exciting world capitals. Author Boris Johnson, the blond mopped Mayor of London (you have seen him at the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics), presents a history of the city he so evidently loves. Each chapter covers a different historical era and does this by focusing on a particular person. From Queen Boudica, to Keith Richardson, from Chaucer to Churchill, Johnson’s Life of London spans the eras from Roman times to the current day. Johnson writes with wit and insight. The book discovers London as none of us have seen it before and the journey is both surprising and exhilarating.

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