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London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 14116488

PETER ACKROYD is the author of London: The Biography, Shakespeare: The Biography,Thames: The Biography, and Venice: Pure City; acclaimed biographies of T. S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Sir Thomas More; and several successful novels. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award, among others.

In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.

There is a Bronze Age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St. Pauls, and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. To go under London is to penetrate history, and Ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: the hydraulic device used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge that leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone; the sulphurous fumes on the Underground's Metropolitan Line. Highly imaginative and delightfully entertaining,London Under is Ackroyd at his best.

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ISBN 9780307473783
Genre HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
Format Paperback
Pages 228
Publisher Date 2012-11-13 00:00:00.0
Publisher Anchor Books
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.54 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Secret History Beneath the Streets
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Ackroyd, Peter
Country of Origin United States

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