An A-Z of eccentric characters, strange events, and curious happenings, this book reveals the amazing and curious history of the city of LondonSpooky, gruesome, and weird, but true, things about one of the world's greatest cities come alive here. Discover London's tiniest house, a 4,000-year-old mouse made from Nile clay, and the amazing things people leave on London's traAn A-Z of eccentric characters, strange events, and curious happenings, this book reveals the amazing and curious history of the city of LondonSpooky, gruesome, and weird, but true, things about one of the world's greatest cities come alive here. Discover London's tiniest house, a 4,000-year-old mouse made from Nile clay, and the amazing things people leave on London's trains (including false teeth, a human skull, and even a park bench). Why did a dentist keep his dead wife on view in a shop window? Where did a shopkeeper murder 150 customers? Which Queen showed her bosom to an Ambassador? Why was a man arrested for wearing a top hat? In the center of the city, why is no thoroughfare called a road? To sum up, eccentrics, legends, folklore, murders, scandals, ghosts, incredible characters, and oodles of wow factor—it's all here....
|Title||:||The A-Z of Curious London: Strange Stories of Mysteries, Crimes and Eccentrics|
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The A-Z of Curious London: Strange Stories of Mysteries, Crimes and Eccentrics Reviews
Did you know that a ‘tsunami of beer’ once flooded a popular London street, killing nine people by sweeping them away on a tide of beer? Or that some of the strangest items left behind on the Tube have been human skulls, a pair of breast implants and a bag containing nothing but a Rolex and £10,000 in cash? These are just a sample of the bizarre things you will discover in The A-Z of Curious London; a collection of facts, trivia and strange details that shows London in a new and interesting light.This book is a handy resource for the more quirky bits of London, such as where to go if you want to see Winston Churchill’s dentures or if you want to go have a look round The First Shop in the World. Nicely set out in alphabetical order from the man that was Arrested for wearing a top hat to the most famous Zebra crossing in the world, it’s easy to dip in and out of to get to your favourites tidbits. Even if you know London well, you will learn something new in the pages of this book. Gilly Pickup has done an excellent job of finding odd and unusual facts instead of just your run-of-the mill touristy information and history lessons. Touching on history, science myths and the paranormal, this book will enlighten and entertain anyone with an interest in one of the world’s greatest cities.
One of the most fascinating cities in the world, London has had its share of 'oddball history' as revealed in Gilly Pickup's charming, informative book. Here can be found details on the dentist who kept his dead wife on view in a shop window, London's oldest restaurant, the ghosts of Ham House, Sweeney Todd's evil doings, the smallest police station in the UK, Newgate's Black Dog and other stories of 'the good old city.' Pickup's book is fun reading and catnip for Londonphiles. Mike O. / Marathon County Public LibraryFind this book in our library catalog.
The book basically does what is says on the cover, but it was still a let down. I thought there would be weirder stuff in here. Ultimately it was like a watered down tourist guide with some quirky passages. It wasn't substantial enough to make it entertaining, and not extensive enough to make it comprehensive. A lot of the images were just lifted from wikimedia commons. This book would make more sense as a community-run webpage rather than a book that you pay 10 Euros for.Some of the entries were misleading. For example, under Punch and Judy you get an abbreviated history of the Royal Opera House and one sentence about Punch and Judy.Basically, this is a good springboard to do more in-depth research later.
The perfect book to pick up for a few moments at a time. There was an entertaining mixture of political history, social history, food history, drink history, architectural history, and more. You could read for a minute, or hours on end!