A Curious History of London
by Martin Latham
Londoners love their history but this alchemical city does not get weighed down by it too much. A blue plaque in Camden reads
‘On this site in 1782 nothing happened’.
This erudite collection of London tales gives an alternative history of our capital, from the medieval period to the modern day. From amusing little snippets about London’s first inhabitants – singing Neanderthals – to chapter-length tales such as how Shakespeare and his theatre troupe helped themselves to another theatre’s timber to build the Globe, this book explores the quirky side to London’s history
London is a capital of books like no other in the world, and from Chaucer to Dickens you can hear the saltiness of London speech. London-made music also has a certain stamp, from Purcell and Handel to The Kinks and The Clash, not to mention Queen; the three-note beat for ‘We Will Rock You’ was first stamped out by Brian May almost by accident on the floor of a North London church hall.
Spanning above and below ground, from the outer suburbs to the inner city, Londonopolis is a celebration of the weird and the wonderful that makes the mysterious city of London so magical.
About the author
Martin Latham has a PhD in history from London University and was a lecturer at Hertfordshire University before becoming a bookseller. He has managed the Waterstones bookshop in Canterbury for 21 years. He is proud of ordering the excavation of the Roman Bath-House floor at his bookshop, paying for it with the biggest petty cash slip in Waterstones history.
Extent: 224 pages
Size: 198 x 129 mm