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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)

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)

Eyewitness Guide London

Eyewitness Guide London

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 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)

 
London Destination Map

London Destination Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

A detailed, fold-out city map with 3-D styled drawings and a map of the London Underground at a scale of 1:10,700. (GRB123, $7.95)

Blue Guide London

Blue Guide London


by Emily Barber

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES

Newly formatted, the Blue Guide to London remains true to the makers' focus on history, architecture and art museums, but also speaks to London dining, accommodations and transportation. (GRB186, $26.95)

Chronicles of Old London

Chronicles of Old London


by Kevin Jackson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This sleek, modern guide chronologically organizes places of interest, providing accessible histories of each site. Also features nine walking tours, 17 maps and dozens of large full-page photographs. (GRB130, $19.95)

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)

Eyewitness Top Ten London

Eyewitness Top Ten London


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A handy pocket guide, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions. (GRB97, $14.00)

Fodor's London's 25 Best

Fodor's London's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops. (GBR08, $13.99)

Frommer's London Day by Day

Frommer's London Day by Day


by Frommer's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This shirt pocket guide and map is ideal for a short visit. (GBR646, $13.99)

Insight Guide London

Insight Guide London


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A guide to the city with hundreds of color photographs and excellent local maps. (GBR367, $19.99)

London, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

London, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City


by Viction Workshop

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 132 PAGES

A hip, colorful pocket guide with an emphasis on the artistic, drawing recommendations from 60 local creatives. Contains helpful travel advice, detailed neighborhood maps and a dust jacket that unfolds into an illustrated map. (GRB203, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Discover London

Lonely Planet Discover London


by S. Fallon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Focusing on must-see and memorable places and experiences, this all-color guide by the discerning editors at Lonely Planet features hundreds of color photographs and maps. (GRB158, $21.99)

Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers

Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers


by Time Out

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A personable guide to a wide variety of London excursions. The handy guide is chock full of color photographs, illustrations, practical information and good maps. (GBR595, $19.95)

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)

Johnson's Life of London, The People Who Made the City That Made the World

Johnson's Life of London, The People Who Made the City That Made the World


by Boris Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

London Mayor Boris Johnson's public persona in Britain is akin to a floppy-haired public school boy who has stumbled by accident onto the levers of power. He offers this droll guide to the famous figures who have made London great, among them Winston Churchill, Hadrian and Keith Richards. (GRB62, $27.95)

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)

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)

Londonopolis, A Curious History of London

Londonopolis, A Curious History of London


by Martin Latham

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A breezy romp through the history of London. Latham covers everything from English prehistory to Elizabeth Taylor. He reveals all the weird, wonderful things that make London great. (GRB225, $14.95)

Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, The Mystery of the Saxon Hoard

Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, The Mystery of the Saxon Hoard


by Caroline Alexander

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER

Alexander traces the medieval battle by the Saxons, Anglos, Celts, Picts, Jutes and Vikings for control of the British Isles in this illustrated survey of a remarkable cache of 500 gold and silver jewels, rediscovered in 2009 after almost 1500 years. (GRB08, $35.00)

Thames, The Biography

Thames, The Biography


by Peter Ackroyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Ackroyd travels the Thames from source to sea, taking in not just the villages and towns, royal residences, docks and weirs but also the kings and conquerors, artists and writers associated with the great river. (GBR793, $21.00)

The Penguin Illustrated History of Britain and Ireland, From Earliest Times to the Present Day

The Penguin Illustrated History of Britain and Ireland, From Earliest Times to the Present Day


by Barry Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A wonderfully rich and comprehensive guide to the history of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland -- from the arrival of the first humans half a million years ago right up to the present. (GBR624, $35.00)

Watching the English

Watching the English


by Kate Fox

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 583 PAGES

Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. Second edition. (GBR927, $19.95)

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)

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)

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)

84 Charing Cross Road

84 Charing Cross Road


by Helene Hanff

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 97 PAGES

This charming novel of bibliophilia tells of a love triangle between a New York writer, the owner of a London bookstore and the books he sells. (GBR231, $14.00)

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

Ranging from the 15th century to the present day, the British Library's generous selection of poems and novel excerpts evokes the spirit of London through the ages. Full-color works of art from the library's collection are interspersed throughout. (GRB200, $27.50)

The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library


by Agatha Christie

  • MYSTERY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

In this Agatha Christie classic, a stylish blonde is found murdered at Grossington Hall and Miss Marple must put her keen observation skills to work to solve the crime. (GBR186, $12.99)

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)

The Time Machine

The Time Machine


by H. G. Wells

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 104 PAGES

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. But he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture -- now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. Not long after he figures out why, he discovers his machine itself has vanished. (GRB109, $10.00)

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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