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Author: A. N. Wilson Narrator: Christopher Kay Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Series:The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date: July 2004 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781440795435

Publisher Description

This entertaining volume provides a concise history of one of the world’s premiere cities. Acclaimed author A. N. Wilson starts at the beginning, when London was founded by the Romans, and continues to contemporary times, hitting all the historical highlights along the way. London is the perfect starter book for anyone wishing to understand this great city a little better, and even seasoned London fans will find new information here.

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  • “Wilson expresses a sense of history leaving traces that can be teased out by thoughtful observation, alongside his love for and exasperation with a city that insists on remaking itself…He evokes a particular energy as the more essential quality of the city and forgives London for its faults. Historically and literary minded visitors will find much in this book to guide them and deepen their understanding.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This slim, enjoyable volume by novelist/biographer will make good airline reading for the college student en route to a London vacation.”

    - Library Journal

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Did not care for this and did not read the whole thing. "

    - Bcoghill, 1/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Lousy book. I wanted to know more about the orignals of London and the London during the timetime of Chaucer and Shakespeare. Not much was said. In fact, almost everything was glossed over. It wasn't worth reading. "

    - Michael, 8/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Succinct account of London's social, political, architectural, and cultural history, with particular emphasis on major players such as Christopher Wren. Unfortunately, the book is marred by Wilson's political rants. "

    - Kay, 10/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Small quick and insightful. What else could you want for a train trip! "

    - Tyger, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " London. My city. I hope all those people are taking good care of it for me 'til I can go back. "

    - Lisa, 4/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Interesting overview...After all, the book is only 192 pages and London (I mean Londinium) was established in 61 A.D. "

    - Jennifer, 4/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good quick history on the town of London. "

    - Laura, 2/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Weird undertone of anti-immigration feelings bordering on racism. Didn't even want to finish. "

    - Alexandra, 12/19/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " A quick and easy read, but very rambly and definitely not as advertized. I was put off by the very anti-immigrant tone of the introduction, which is even weirder when the chapter that deals with modern immigration to London is much more open-minded. "

    - Claire, 12/4/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Well written discussion on the architecture, growth and history of London. His affection and appreciation of the historical buildings is very evident as is the fact that he deplores the changes modern architecture and business have affected the city. "

    - Pam, 7/31/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Well written discussion on the architecture, growth and history of London. His affection and appreciation of the historical buildings is very evident as is the fact that he deplores the changes modern architecture and business have affected the city. "

    - Pam, 7/28/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Small quick and insightful. What else could you want for a train trip! "

    - Tyger, 4/18/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fascinating. Satisfied some of my desire to learn more about the city I work in. Now I want to learn more though. Great account - liked how he focused on people and movements and trends..and also buildings,etc. A few too many diversions and old quotes though... "

    - Sara, 3/28/2009
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Lousy book. I wanted to know more about the orignals of London and the London during the timetime of Chaucer and Shakespeare. Not much was said. In fact, almost everything was glossed over. It wasn't worth reading. "

    - Michael, 3/10/2009
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Did not care for this and did not read the whole thing. "

    - Bcoghill, 12/30/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " London. My city. I hope all those people are taking good care of it for me 'til I can go back. "

    - Lisa, 7/3/2008

About the Author

A. N. Wilson is a renowned British journalist and author. He has written several acclaimed biographies, including Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul. He taught for seven years at Oxford before becoming a journalist. He has won numerous awards, including the E. M. Forster Award, the Whitbread Biography Award, and the Somerset Maugham Award. A frequent contributor to the Daily Mail, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, Spectator, and Observer, he lives in London.

About the Narrator

Christopher Kay began his performance career with an early start as both an actor and singer in theater. In time, he began to pursue broadcasting opportunities, including announcing, newsreading, audiobook narration, and presenting radio and television programs. He worked extensively for Granada, Yorkshire, and the BBC. During his distinguished career, he has earned eleven broadcasting awards and two AudioFile Earphones Awards. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, he now makes his residence in Clwydian Hills of North Wales.