Friday, March 22, 2013

London, Amazing & Extraordinary Facts - Stephen Halliday

This was interesting and well-documented, as might be expected : No tourist information, perhaps, but a multitude of more or less obscure facts on the origins of street names, buildings and the likes.

The style is anything but Britishly witty, unfortunately. Indeed, the dullness of the writing and the technicality of the information (according to the editor, the author specialises in "British and industrial history" which you sort of sense while reading) do no credit to the book.

On the plus-side : Numerous illustrations!

On the minus-side : No map.

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