A History of London in 50 Lives

A History of London in 50 Lives

by David Long

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A History of London in 50 Lives by David Long

"It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them." — George VI

As George VI so rightly said, it is the loves, schemes, failures, battles, intrigues, and dreams of the people who live in a city that make it what it is. And in a city as vibrant and chaotic as London those lives are going to be quite extraordinary. Seeking to unravel the stories locked within each district, London expert David Long turns to the characters that have defined them. From Nanci Astor, Jimi Hendrix, and Harry Gordon Selfridge’s influence on Mayfair, to Karl Marx on Soho, Charles Darin on Bloomsbury, Virginia Woolf on Fitzrovia, and Polly the Parrot on Spitalfields, A History of London in 50 Lives, is a positive smörgåsbord of the illustrious and notorious.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780745701
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Writer and journalist David Long has regularly appeared in The Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as on TV and radio in the U.K. He has written a number of books on London, including Spectacular Vernacular, The Little Book of London, and A History of London in 100 Places. He lives in Suffolk, U.K.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Mayfair and St James's

1 Napoleon III (1808-73) 1

2 Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858-1947) 5

3 Nancy Astor (1879-1964) 10

4 Jimi Hendrix (1942-70) & George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) 14

Chapter 2 Spitalfields and the City

5 John Stow (c. 1525-1605) 19

6 Sir Hiram S. Maxim (1840-1916) 23

7 George Fabian Lawrence (1862-1939) 28

8 Polly the Parrot (1884-1926) 31

9 David Rodinsky (1925-69) 34

10 'Adam' (c. 1996-2001) 37

Chapter 3 Westminster and Whitehall

11 John St John Long (1798-1834) 41

12 Jack Black (nineteenth century, dates unknown) 44

13 Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) 45

14 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1888-1935) 49

15 Lord Reith (1889-1971) 54

16 Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) 58

Chapter 4 Soho 65

17 'Canaletto' (1697-1768) 69

18 Karl Marx (1818-83) 69

19 Kate Meyrick (1875-1933) 74

20 John Logic Baird (1888-1946) 80

Chapter 5 Covent Garden and Strand

21 Pietro Gimonde (c. 1600s) 85

22 Samuel Johnson (1709-84) 87

23 Madame Fahmy (1890-1971) 93

24 Ivor Novello (1893-1951) 97

Chapter 6 Holborn and Bloomseury

25 Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) 103

26 Hon. Henry Cavendish (1731-1810) 108

27 Charles Darwin (1809-82) 112

28 Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) 117

29 Gunther Plüschow (1886-1931) 122

30 BobMarley (1945-81) 124

Chapter 7 Fitzrovia and Regent's Park

31 Lord Arthur Somerset (1851-1926) 127

32 Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) 132

33 Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) 137

34 Dylan Thomas (1914-53) 146

35 Guy the Gorilla (c. 1946-78) 146

Chapter 8 Kensington and Chelsea

36 Lord Leighton (1830-96) 151

37 Duleep Singh (1838-93) 156

38 The Ghost of Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) 161

39 Krysryna Skarbek (1908-52) 165

Chapter 9 Southwark and the South Bank

40 John Tradescant (c.1570-1638) and John Tradescant (1608-62) 171

41 Annie Besant (1847-1933) 174

42 'Sax Rohmer' (1883-1959) 179

43 Sir Alan Cobham (1894-1973) 183

Chapter 10 Further Afield

44 Peter the Great (1672-1725) 189

45 William Hogarth (1697-1764) 193

46 George Hodgson (?-c.l810) 197

47 Laura Bell (1829-94) 199

48 Dame Henrietta Barnett (1851-1936) 202

49 Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) 206

50 George Blake (1922-) 211

Index 217

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