I Never Knew That About London

I Never Knew That About London

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By (author) Christopher Winn

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 249mm x 33mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 17 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091943191
  • ISBN 13: 9780091943196
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, map
  • Sales rank: 148,944

Product description

In this lavishly illustrated book bestselling author Christopher Winn takes you on a captivating journey around London. Travelling through the villages and districts that made up the world's must dynamic metropolis, I Never Knew That About London unearths the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city's sometimes turbulent past. See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner in his final years. Explore London's finest country house in Charlton and unearth the secrets of the mother of Parliaments and discover the village that gave its name to a car and the Russian word for station. With gorgeous colour illustrations throughout, this miscellany reveals the steeple which became the model for the traditional wedding cake, the home of the sandwich, and the house which was home to Handel and Jimi Hendrix. Brimming with facts, stories and snippets, Winn provides a spellbinding insight into the history of London. This beautiful book is guaranteed to inform and amuse in equal measure.

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Author information

Christopher Winn has been a freelance writer and trivia collector for over twenty years. He has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross, and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and Daily Express. He also produces for theatre and has recently toured with Hugh Massingberd's play, Ancestral Voices, about James Lees-Milne. He is the author of I Never Knew That About England, I Never Knew That About Ireland and I Never Knew That About Scotland. You can test your own trivia knowledge on his website www.i-never-knew-that.com.

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"A delightful and informative addition to the capital's literary legacy...Winn's touch is always light, and his knowledge is never overbearing, so the selections and observations remain unfailingly interesting...I Never Knew That About London will not fail to enhance months, even years, of gentle urban exploration...Any number of morning or weekend outings can be constructed from these rich pages." -- Rory MacLean Guardian online "a winner; a must have and will not lie neglected choked with dust; rather it will terminate in well dog eared tatters *****" -- Gary Busby Amazon "...this enthralling miscellany guides readers through the heart of the capital city." The Times