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Londoners

Londoners

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 those 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

  • 2014
  • 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)

London StreetSmart Map

London StreetSmart Map


by VanDam

  • 2007
  • MAP

VanDam's laminated, accordion-style map brings London's attractions and shopping districts into focus (including a full index of streets) plus insets of the London Tube, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, the West End, Soho and Covent Garden. Full-color with 3D renderings of landmarks. Scales vary. (GRB266, $8.95)

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
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

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)

Lonely Planet London

Lonely Planet London


by Steve Fallon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A comprehensive city guide with good full-color maps, a few photographs and excellent information on what to do and where to go. (GBR253, $21.99)

Not for Tourists London

Not for Tourists London


by Not for Tourists

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 555 PAGES

A pocket-sized guide to the great city of London so jammed with useful information it's recommended for travelers and locals alike. Features plenty of helpful maps, indexes and local listings plus insider hints, tips and tricks. (GRB239, $18.95)

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)

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)

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 Story of England

The Story of England


by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

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, $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, $13.00)

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)

London Stories

London Stories


by Jerry White

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

This is a great way to experience what has been called "the city with the greatest literary tradition in the world" from the Baker Street residence of Sherlock Holmes to Charles Dickens's treacherous River Thames. (GRB144, $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)

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway


by Virginia Woolf

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A novel rich in texture which tells the inner life of a high-society woman in post-WWII England. As Clarissa Dalloway prepares to host a party, she reminisces about a husband she was forced into choosing and delves into issues of mental illness, feminism and homosexuality. Named by Time magazine as one of the best English language novels of the 20th century. (GBR464, $13.95)

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)

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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