Simon Jenkins is author of the international bestsellers A Short History of England and A Short History of Europe. He is a former Editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and is currently a columnist for the Guardian. He has served on boards involved in London's transport, housing, arts, and conservation. He has lived in London since infancy, in four of its boroughs, three of them north and one south of the river.
For any reader seeking to understand how London became what it is today, especially how it looks on the ground, Jenkins's book will be an essential stepping-off point. Jenkin's passages on the architectural and ideological development of postwar London are masterly. -- The Literary Review Jenkins brings much knowledge and experience to his defence of London's streets, in this study of the battle for London's appearance -why it looks as it does today, more variegated and visually anarchic than any comparable city. -- The Daily Telegraph Jenkins's handling of the preceding two millennia is clear and informative. There are nuggets of wisdom and insights. Accessible, clear, and readable. -- The Observer (London) Simon Jenkins's version of London history is more political, literary and architectural. His preferred theme is the continuous rivalry and interplay of business and government, represented respectively by the City and Westminster. An accessible history that is efficient, clear and readable. -- The Guardian The ageless genre of city histories receives a fine addition. A delightful love letter to a great city. -- Kirkus Reviews