London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets

London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets

by Peter Ackroyd
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London Under 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an Anglophile and someone who has lieral dozens of books concerning London, this is easily in my top ten. Well written, entertaining, and not terribly dry. Fabulous read.
pteri More than 1 year ago
When I finished it, I wished for more! Very well researched and written. Subtracted 1 star because of so few pictures. It would have been 5 stars with more pictures.
Gail Stygall More than 1 year ago
If you haven't been to London, I'm not sure Ackroyd's book wouold make much sense. But if you have been, this is an excellent take of what is below the surface. London is one of those places where if you dig, you are probably unearthing prior ages and times. Ackroyd provides a robust account of the interaction between geography, geology and London. It also contains the multitude of geographical/geological reasons why London streets are named as they are. One of my favorites was Lamb's Conduit a very short street in the Holborn area--it really was a conduit--and Fleet Street and on through many of the central city's street names. The book also examines the history of the sewer system.
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Arthur_Coombe More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended for history buffs and Anglophiles. This book retraces some of the ground covered in his prior work Thames: The Biography -- viz. the various underground rivers in London. But lovers of archaeology and urban exploration will find this engrossing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pretty disappointed with this book. I bought it expecting to get a history of London's underground areas. There is very little story or narrative at all. Instead it is just a dry litany of things that have been found and where thay are located. I read for enjoyment, and favor historical nonfiction. There are many better examples out there. I've made it to page 34 in this book, but I really don't want to push through the rest of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
History and undeeground
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