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Fictional London: A Guide to the Capital’s Literary Landmarks
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London is unrivaled as a source of inspiration for writers from Geoffrey Chaucer to J.K. Rowling. Fictional London will explore the capital both from the viewpoint of the many writers who have used it as a stage for their plots and their characters; and of the…
An Underground Guide To Sewers: Or: Down, Through And Out In Paris, London, New York, &c.
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A global guide to sewers that celebrates the magnificently designed and engineered structures beneath the world's great cities. The sewer, in all its murkiness, filthiness, and subterranean seclusion, has been an evocative (and redolent) literary device,…
Journey To Crossrail: Railways Under London, From Brunel To The Elizabeth Line
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Why did London have to wait so long for a main line railway beneath its streets? For a few years in the mid-nineteenth century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's broad gauge Great Western trains ran from Reading to Faringdon. Now, after many false starts, his vision is…
The Great Filth: The War Against Disease In Victorian England
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How the Victorians struggled to overcome diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and scarlet fever in their cities   This is the fascinating story of how a small group of dedicated individuals fought opposition from politicians, taxpayers, and…
The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
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In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of over two million Londoners was pouring into the river…
Our Troubles with Food: Fears, Fads and Fallacies
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For millennia the normal, natural, and pleasurable activity of eating has been surrounded by fear and anxiety. Religious traditions have long decreed what foods are right for their followers to eat, but secularization and scientific progress have not made the…
Water: A Turbulent History

Water: A Turbulent History

by Stephen Halliday

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|October 1, 2004

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Water is essential to human life yet has received little attention in historical accounts. This book explores the effects of H20 on the course of modern history.
The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
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In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of over two million Londoners was pouring into the river…
Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
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In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of over two million Londoners was pouring into the river…
Little Book of Crime & Punishment

Little Book of Crime & Punishment

by Stephen Halliday

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|May 1, 2014

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This book is a repository of intriguing, fascinating, obscure, strange, and entertaining facts and trivia about the history of the British criminal justice system. Armed with this fascinating tome, the reader will have such knowledge of the days when noses,…
Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell

Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell

by Stephen Halliday

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|December 31, 2007

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There have been more prisons in London than in any other European city. Of these, Newgate was the largest, most notorious, and worst. Built during the 12th century, it became a legendary place—the inspiration of more poems, plays, and novels than any other…
The Olympics

The Olympics

by Stephen Halliday

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|January 7, 2020

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“Halliday is a pass master at assembling golden nuggets of fact . . . amusingly written . . . a fun way to brush up on your Olympic history” ( Londonist ). Who reprimanded Hitler during the 1936 Olympic Games? When did the Olympic event “shin-kicking” get banned?…