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Everything You Know About London is Wrong
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Matt Brown
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Everything You Know About London is Wrong

Matt Brown


Batsford Ltd

British & Irish history;
Social & cultural history;
Local history


160 pages

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A hugely entertaining myth-busting book about London's history A highly entertaining read for anyone with even a passing interest in London's history. This myth-busting book takes you on a great ride through history and the city's character. Think that the tower that holds Big Ben is called St Stephen's Tower? Think again - it was called the Clock Tower until 2012 when it was renamed the Elizabeth Tower. Think that the Union Flag flying over Buckingham Palace means the Queen is home? Think again - it means that she's elsewhere, doing other Queenish things.

Packed with details on real London history, it explodes a range of myths from the ridiculously short distances between some London tube stations to the lamp on Carting (or 'Farting') Lane that runs on gas from the city's sewers. Myths regarding London's arts, entertainment, food, drink, kings and queens, traditions as well as politics are all covered, to give you a fascinating insight into the true capital.

By:   Matt Brown
Imprint:   Batsford Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 192mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9781849943604
ISBN 10:   1849943605
Series:   Everything You Know About...
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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Matt has over a decade's experience of professional writing about London. As editor, and now editor-at-large of Londonist, he has contributed over 5,000 articles about the capital. In the process, he has explored the sewers and underground catacombs, climbed up behind the lights of Piccadilly Circus, slept in a plague pit, and clambered over the roof of St Pancras Station. He gives regular talks about London, and has spoken at London Transport Museum, 55 Broadway, Museum of London and onboard the London Eye, among many others. He is author of 'London Night and Day' (2015), also from Batsford. Previously, Matt was a scientific editor, working on titles and websites for Reed Elsevier and Nature Publishing Group.

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