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London: Past and Present

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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 Stories

GRB144
Jerry White
Everyman's Library
2014
400
0375712461
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

A Traveller's History of London

GBR232
Richard Tames
Interlink Publishing Group
2007
320
1566564840
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler.
$14.95

Eyewitness Guide London

GBR34
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
440
1465441212
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.99

London Map

GBR114
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
2
3866093071
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful and detailed laminated city map with a variety of useful inset maps.
$9.95

City Secrets London

GBR327
Robert Kahn (Editor)
Fang Duff Kahn
2011
250
0983079536
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

A Journey Through Tudor England

GRB189
Suzannah Lipscomb
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
336
1605985635
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Through visits to Tudor England’s historic palaces, castles, theaters and abbeys, Suzannah Lipscomb brings to life the rich history of the Tudors.
$19.95

Citizens of London, The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

WAR193
Lynne Olson
Random House
2011
471
0812979354
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This celebrated work of WWII history follows three influential Americans who helped convince FDR to join in the British wartime cause. All three, Olson argues, (Edward Murrow, Averell Harriman and Gilbert Winant) greatly affected the course of history.
$17.00

Everyday Life in Medieval London, From the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors

GRB324
Toni Mount
Casemat
2015
336
1445647001
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Uncovering the lives of working people in London, this cultural history discusses the family problems, work worries and health concerns that pervaded daily life in England's capital during the Medieval period.
$16.00

Globe, Life in Shakespeare's London

GRB321
Catharine Arnold
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2016
320
147112570X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Guiding readers on a tour of London, this popular history follows the story of Shakespeare's own Globe Playhouse, which opened under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. Over many decades of triumph and tragedy, the landmark theater burned and was resurrected, keeping its founder alive in memory.
$15.00

Life In Roman London

GRB326
Simon Webb
Arcadia
2012
160
0752465368
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Relying on maps and diagrams that point to the various stages of London's development, this architectural overview explores London history from its founding by the Romans through the fifth century when they abandoned the outpost. Includes a neat appendix on where to see Roman ruins in London today.
$28.95

London, A History

GBR480
A.N. Wilson
Modern Library
2006
240
0812975561
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

London, A History in Maps

GRB320
Peter Barber
2012
400
071235879X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
With over 400 examples of decorative and utilitarian maps, this collection illustrates London's transformation over the last 2,000 years. The images of the city present more than its thoroughfares; they form a copious historical record.
$49.95

London, A Social and Cultural History, 1550-1750

GRB322
Robert O. Bucholz
Cambridge University Press
2012
438
0521896525
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Analyzing recent scholarship on London's urban history, the definitive work traces the full range of life in the great city between 1550 and 1750 when it was becoming Europe's most vibrant economic and cultural center. London's rise in this period made it the world's harbinger of industrial modernity.
$30.99

London, The Biography

GBR248
Peter Ackroyd
Doubleday
2003
864
0385497717
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Londoners

GRB69
Craig Taylor
Ecco Press
2013
413
0062005863
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.99

Londonopolis, A Curious History of London

GRB225
Martin Latham
Batsford
2014
224
1849941653
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Thames, The Biography

GBR793
Peter Ackroyd
Alfred Knopf
2009
528
0307389847
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.00

The Professor and the Madman

GBR178
Simon Winchester
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
242
0060839783
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The bizarre true story behind the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary and two men -- one a scholarly editor, the other a mentally ill, convicted murderer -- who contributed to its creation.
$15.99

Watching the English

GBR927
Kate Fox
Nicholas Brealey
2014
583
185788616X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. Second edition.
$19.95

Art in England, The Saxons to the Tudors 600-1600

ART197
Sara N. James
Casemat
2016
448
1785702238
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The first single volume on art in Medieval and Early Renaissance England, this history offers an authoritative chronology of the period's innovations in sculpture, architecture, paintings and textiles.
$95.00

David Gentleman's London

GRB323
David Gentleman
ACC Distribution
2010
192
185149622X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
The British watercolorist, wood engraver and lithographer illustrates London's majestic side as well as its down-trodden places in this coffee table collection.
$45.00

Georgian London

GRB325
John Summerson
Yale University Press
2003
446
0300089880
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Originally published back in 1945, this classic describes the architectural history of London from the Great Fire of 1666 through the early 1800s. Summerson keys in on major architects and buildings.
$18.00

London's Royal Parks

GRB151
Paul Rabbitts
Osprey Publishing
2014
96
0747813701
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Westminster Abbey

GBR810
Richard Jenkyns, Mary Beard (Editor)
Harvard University Press
2011
224
0674061977
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.50

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

GBR720
James S. Shapiro
HarperCollins
2006
394
0060088745
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A dramatic tale of a pivotal year in English history, the life of the bard and the Globe Theatre, resulting in Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most likely, Hamlet.
$14.99

Churchill

GRB218
Ashley Jackson
Quercus Books
2015
432
1623656222
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Revealing the man behind the office, military historian Ashley Jackson introduces Churchill as "a modern man who embraced change and spurned the conventions of his time and class." Churchill, he also writes, was enormous fun.
$14.99

Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge

GBR467
Bruce Feiler
HarperCollins Publishers
2003
352
006052703X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A witty, charming and astutely observed account of an American graduate student's year spent in the halls of England's most prestigious academic institutions.
$14.99

The Age of Shakespeare

GBR522
Frank Kermode
Modern Library
2005
214
0812974336
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar.
$17.00

84 Charing Cross Road

GBR231
Helene Hanff
Penguin Putnam
1990
112
0140143505
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

Case Histories

GRB79
Kate Atkinson
Back Bay Books
2005
320
0316010707
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

London, A Literary Anthology

GRB200
British Library
Daedalus
2014
224
0712357408
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.95

That Mighty Heart, Visions of London

GRB240
Katherine Shock (Illustrator), John Elinger
Interlink Publishing Group
2014
144
1909930059
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Award-winning poet John Elinger offers up seven pedestrian views of London -- seven walks that all radiate from the heart of the great city. Following simple and clear maps, Elinger's walks are accompanied by watercolors and original poetry by the author himself.
$26.00

The Body in the Library

GBR186
Agatha Christie
HarperCollins
2011
192
0062073613
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.99

The Ministry of Fear

GBR571
Graham Greene
Penguin
2005
240
0143039113
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity.
$16.00

Birds of Britain, An Introduction to Familiar Species of England, Scotland & Wales

GBR803
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2004
1583552383
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Britain birds.
$7.95

More Books

Fodor's London's 25 Best

GBR08
Louise Nicholson
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546265
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.99

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

GBR28
Jerome Jerome, Jeremy Lewis (Introduction)
Penguin
2000
361
0140437509
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
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.
$13.00

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

GBR157
Arthur Conan Doyle
Bantam Doubleday
1998
1122
0553328255
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.90

Five Days in London, May 1940

WAR47
John Lukacs
Yale University Press
2001
256
0300084668
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

Insight Guide London

GBR367
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2016
352
1780056958
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A guide to the city with hundreds of color photographs and excellent local maps.
$19.99

The Heat of the Day

GBR378
Elizabeth Bowen
Doubleday
2002
368
0385721285
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers

GBR595
Time Out
TimeOut
2011
304
190497886X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Frommer's London Day by Day

GBR646
frommers
Frommer's
2013
192
1628870265
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This shirt pocket guide and map is ideal for a short visit.
$13.99

Three Men in a Boat

GBR883
Jerome K. Jerome
Trafalgar Square
2010
208
0099511703
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

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

GRB08
Caroline Alexander
National Geographic
2011
1426208146
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.00

Capital

GRB75
John Lanchester
W. W. Norton & Company
2013
537
0393345092
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

After Diana

GRB77
Christopher Andersen
Hyperion
2008
334
0786891246
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Andersen considers the haunting legacy of Diana 10 years after her tragic death.
$7.99

The Time Machine

GRB109
H. G. Wells
Penguin
2005
104
0141439971
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.00

DK Eyewitness Top Ten London

GRB97
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
192
1465445528
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handy pocket guide, featuring favorite attractions, events, restaurants, shops and excursions.
$14.00

London Destination Map

GRB123
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
1
1597750247
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$7.95

National Geographic Walking London, The Best of the City

GRB122
Sara Calian
National Geographic
2016
192
1426216564
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A handy guide to the quintessential sights, pubs, markets and clubs of London.
$14.95

Chronicles of Old London

GRB130
Kevin Jackson
Atlas & Co
2012
288
098463343X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

City Walks London, 50 Adventures on Foot

GRB137
Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books
2011
0811874109
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Explore the city with these 50 colorful, convenient cards, each with a map and suggested walking tour.
$14.95

London, Portrait of a City

GRB138
Reuel Golden
Taschen
2013
189
3836545160
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A stunning pictorial overview of the evolution of one of history’s most important cities, from the Victorian Era to the revolutionary 60s to the 2012 Olympics. Engaging captions and quotes accompany 150 photos from some of the medium’s legends, including David Bailey, Norman Parkinson, Linda McCartney and Roger Mayne.
$9.99

Wallpaper City Guide London

GRB142
Nick Compton
Phaidon Press
2016
128
0714872423
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
The slim Wallpaper guide is tasteful, precise, informative and packed with the city’s must-see attractions, hotels, bars, art and architecture. For the design-conscious traveler, this is the guide to carry!
$11.95

Churchill's South Africa, Travels During the Anglo-Boer War

SAF334
Chris Schoeman
Struik
2013
232
1920545476
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This historical reminiscence delves into the early life of Winston Churchill, his career as a soldier and combat journalist in South Africa. Distancing himself from blind reverence, Schoeman provides a balanced account of the future British prime minister, his obvious political aspirations and his self-serving journalistic reports.
$30.00

Lonely Planet Discover London

GRB158
S. Fallon
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
258
1786570025
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.99

A History of London in 100 Places

GRB159
David Long
Oneworld Publications
2014
224
1780744137
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In this detailed guide, Long delves into little-known gems among London’s famous landmarks, including Saxon burial grounds and medieval plague pits, Roman barges and modern business megaliths. A fine way to get off the beaten track in London.
$16.99

Blue Guide London

GRB186
Emily Barber
Blue Guides
2014
600
1905131631
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.95

Moleskine City Notebook London

GRB187
Moleskine
Chronicle Books
2008
228
888370617X
HARD COVER
Journal
0
0
0
0
Ideal for those who travel for leisure or work, this pocket sized notebook from the makers at Moleskine is an excellent way to organize your trip and preserve your experience for your memory and records.
$19.95

London, 60 Creatives Show You the Best of the City

GRB203
Viction Workshop
Gingko Press
2014
132
9881222702
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.95

For Kids

Madeline in London

GBR152
Ludwig Bemelmans
Viking
2000
64
014056649X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Miss Clavel, Madeline and her 11 classmates travel to London to cheer up their former neighbor, Pepito. For kids ages 4-8.
$7.99

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

GBR245
E.L. Konigsburg
Aladdin Books
2001
208
068984624X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A marvelous fictionalized portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England successively, traveler to Constantinople, wife of a future saint, mother of Richard the Lionheart and for 15 years a prisoner of the English Crown. For young adults.
$7.99

Beware, Princess Elizabeth

GBR332
Carolyn Meyer
Gulliver
2002
224
0152045562
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An acclaimed young-adult novel, one in a series of Young Royals, in which Henry VIII is recently dead and young Elizabeth endures the tumultuous reigns of her brother Edward and sister Mary before ascending the throne herself.
$6.99

Mary, Bloody Mary

GBR333
Carolyn Meyer
Harcourt Books
2001
240
0152164561
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This sympathetic portrait brings to life Mary Tudor’s childhood and difficult teen years, when her beloved father, Henry VIII, spurns Mary’s mother for the bewitching Anne Boleyn -- and Mary goes from riches to rags, becoming the embittered woman who would later be known as Bloody Queen Mary. Ages 11 and up.
$7.99

This is London

GBR529
Miroslav Sasek
Rizzoli International
2004
64
0789310627
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Sasek's wonderful portrait of London circa 1958 depicts the tube, Piccadilly Circus and other famed attractions through bright, stylized illustrations. For children ages 4-8.
$17.95

The London Eye Mystery

GBR855
Siobhan Dowd
Yearling Publishing
2009
336
0385751842
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this ALA Notable Book, cousins Ted and Kat follow a trail of clues across the city in a desperate bid to find their cousin Salim, who disappeared after boarding London's celebrated ride, The London Eye, until recently the world's tallest.
$7.99

Shakespeare's London on Five Groats a Day

GBR923
Richard Tames
Thames & Hudson
2009
151
0500287937
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This clever guide explains all the best things to see and do on the cheap in London for those visiting in the early 1600s.
$18.95

City Walks With Kids London

GBR946
Emily Laurence Baker
Chronicle Books
2009
52
0811864510
BOXED
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Explore Longdon with these 50 colorful convenient cards, each with a map and suggested walk or activity.
$14.95

Lonely Planet Not for Parents London

GRB20
Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet Publications
2011
96
1742204996
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Jam-packed with photos, fun facts and goofy cartoons, this glossy guide is just the thing for young travelers ages 8 to 12.
$14.99

Worth Looking For

The Age of Shakespeare

GBR11
Francois Laroque
Harry N. Abrams
1993
175
0810928906
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
This pocket-size encyclopedia, an excellent introduction to Elizabethan England, presents Shakespeare, his life, times and legacy in concise essays and well-chosen illustrations.
$12.95

London Perceived

GBR310
Evelyn Hofer (Photographer), V. S. Pritchett
David R. Godine
2002
214
1567921485
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
1
A classic, lyrical celebration of the palaces, parks, people and everyday experience of London. Pritchett's eloquent riffs on the character of the city are accompanied by evocative black-and-white photographs by the superb Evelyn Hofer.
$19.95

The London Scene, Six Essays

GBR693
Virginia Woolf
Ecco Press
2006
96
0060881283
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
1
The great Virginia Woolf, here writing for the British Good Housekeeping magazine in the 1930s when she was already a leading light, makes a congenial guide to her hometown in these essays, loosely organized as a series of walking tours. Her focus is on London's lterary scene, including Keats, Carlyle and a whole lot of dead poets.
$16.95