The Wit and Wisdom of London
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The Wit and Wisdom of London

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London has been one of the world's great cities for over 2,000 years and has produced countless scholars, artists, rogues and wits, each of whom left their mark on the metropolis by their words or deeds. The Wit and Wisdom of London brings together their best and most memorable quotations, a treasury of the cleverest, the wittiest, and the bawdiest sayings of the city's greatest residents. From the Romans to Amy Winehouse, via Doctor Johnson and Dickens, and from the aristocrats of Westminster to the paupers of the East End, The Wit and Wisdom of London captures the essence of London, in the words of its people. 'It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.' George VI 'Nothing is certain in London but expense.' William Shenstone 'The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world.' Oscar Wildeshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753540932
  • 9780753540930
  • 1,735,675

About J. B. Edwards

J B Edwards is a writer and former bookseller who has lived in London for the last 12 years. Originally from rural Cambridgeshire, he moved to London as soon as possible, eager to sample the culture, cuisine and world-class surly jostling that only the capital can offer.show more

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London has been one of the world’s great cities for over 2,000 years and has produced countless scholars, artists, rogues and wits, each of whom left their mark on the metropolis by their words or deeds. The Wit and Wisdom of London brings together their best and most memorable quotations: a treasury of the cleverest, the wittiest, and the bawdiest sayings of the city’s greatest residents, who happily pontificate on all aspects of London life, from thoughts on the city itself and the historical events that shaped it, to wry observations on the lives, lusts and lies of the people who have lived there. From the Romans to Amy Winehouse, via Doctor Johnson and Dickens, and from the aristocrats of Westminster to the paupers of the East End, The Wit and Wisdom of London captures the essence of London, in the words of its people.show more

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‘The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.’ King George VI ‘Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.’ Jane Austen ‘Nothing is certain in London but expense.’ William Shenstone 'London is a roost for every bird.' Benjamin Disraeli ‘London wants cash over the counter and letters ten feet high.’ Henry James ‘London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.’ Sir Arthur Conan Doyleshow more

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