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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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London, The Biography

London, The Biography

by Peter Ackroyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

A big thematic history of London from Celtic settlement to Roman outpost and world power, much focused on the life of the city. A popular biographer and novelist, Ackroyd leavens the centuries with anecdote, personality and great affection. (GBR248, $22.00)

Five Days in London, May 1940

Five Days in London, May 1940

by John Lukacs

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A fly-on-the-wall account of a long weekend in 1940, capturing all the uncertainty, drama and suspense surrounding Churchill's affirmation that Britain would continue the war with Germany. (WAR47, $14.00)

The Age of Shakespeare

The Age of Shakespeare

by Frank Kermode

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 214 PAGES

A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar. (GBR522, $14.00)

Eyewitness Guide London

Eyewitness Guide London

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (GBR34, $25.00)

London Map

London Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps. (GBR114, $9.95)

 
City Secrets London

City Secrets London


by Robert Kahn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 250 PAGES

A connoisseur's guide to the city and its attractions, with personal recommendations by artists, designers, architects and personalities who have made London their home. (GBR327, $19.95)

A Traveller's History of London

A Traveller's History of London


by Richard Tames

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler. (GBR232, $14.95)

London, A History

London, A History


by A.N. Wilson

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A brief, evocative meditation on the rich and varied history of England's capital city by the prolific British writer, critic and historian. Wilson examines London through several lenses, using humor and insight to discuss art, architecture, politics and culture. (GBR480, $16.00)

Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It

Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It


by Craig Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 413 PAGES

Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of the city's citizens who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities. (GRB69, $16.99)

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England


by Antonia Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Lady Fraser gathers eight British historians for this engaging, illustrated history of the monarchy from 1066 to the House of Windsor, brimming with personality, incident and scandal. (GBR160, $39.95)

Watching the English

Watching the English


by Kate Fox

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. (GBR927, $18.95)

London's Royal Parks

London's Royal Parks


by Paul Rabbitts

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A history of the evolution of nine London parks from their days as private hunting land to monarchy acquisition to current status as a manicured public space. Divided into chapters by park, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Windsor Great Park and St. James's Park. (GRB151, $15.95)

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey


by Richard Jenkyns | Mary Beard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral. (GBR810, $16.00)

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel


by Jerome Jerome | Jeremy Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Written in 1889, "Three Men in a Boat" (to say nothing of the dog!) is a laugh-out-loud account of a man-powered voyage along the River Thames, full of detail on life and lore. A Longitude favorite. (GBR28, $12.00)

Capital

Capital


by John Lanchester

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 537 PAGES

Lanchester (Fragrant Harbor, Debt to Pleasure) sets this latest novel on a single street in London in 2008, at the height of the financial meltdown, interweaving the tales of longtime residents, recent immigrants and the newly rich. (GRB75, $15.95)

Case Histories

Case Histories


by Kate Atkinson

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this debut of this devilishly clever series, both a terrific whodunit and family saga, private detective Jackson Brodie --ex-cop, ex-husband and weekend dad -- takes on three cases involving past crimes that occurred in and around London. (GRB79, $16.00)

London, A Literary Anthology

London, A Literary Anthology


by British Library

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

Ranging from the 15th century to the present day, British Library's generous selection of poems and novel excerpts evokes the spirit of London through the ages. (GRB200, $27.50)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories


by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 1122 PAGES

This paperback volume manages to collect every Sherlock Holmes story that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote, including "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and his three other short novels concerning the legendary detective. (GBR157, $13.90)

The Heat of the Day

The Heat of the Day


by Elizabeth Bowen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The suspenseful tale of life in London during the bombing raids of World War II. Bowen, like her character in the novel, remained in London during the raids (refusing the relative security of Ireland). Originally published in 1949. (GBR378, $16.00)

The Ministry of Fear

The Ministry of Fear


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity. (GBR571, $16.00)

Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat


by Jerome K. Jerome

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This edition of Jerome's comic masterpiece, published on the 150th anniversary of his birth, includes 30 witty illustrations by Vic Reeves. There's more to life on the Thames than meets the eye -- including navigational challenges, culinary disaster and heroic battle with swans, kettles and tins of pineapple. (GBR883, $19.95)

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