A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters

A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters

By: Travis Elborough (compiler), Nick Rennison (compiler)Paperback

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A London Year is an anthology of short diary entries, one or more for each day of the year, which, taken together, provides an impressionistic portrait of life in the city from Tudor times to the twenty-first century. There are more than two hundred featured writers, with a short biography for each. The most famous diarist of all - Samuel Pepys - is there, as well as some of today's finest diarists like Alan Bennett and Chris Mullin. There are coronations and executions, election riots and zeppelin raids, duels, dust-ups and drunken sprees, among everyday moments like Brian Eno cycling in Kilburn or George Eliot walking on Wimbledon Common. Vividly evoking moments in the lives of Londoners in the past, providing snapshots of the city's inhabitants at work, at play, in pursuit of money, sex, entertainment, pleasure and power, A London Year is the perfect book for all who live in or love this eternal, ever-changing city.

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TRAVIS ELBOROUGH has been a freelance writer, author, and cultural commentator for more than a decade. His books include The Bus We Loved: London's Affair with the Routemaster, Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and London Bridge in America. With Bob Stanley from the band Saint Etienne, he co-wrote the script for How We Used to Live, a BFI London archive film directed by Paul Kelly, that premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival. He is currently the Chisenhale Gallery's 2014/5 Offsite Artist in Residence in Victoria Park, East London. NICK RENNISON has worked as a writer, editor, and bookseller for more than twenty years. His London Blue Plaque Guide has been through three editions in the last decade and he has also published The Book of London Lists, described by the London Evening Standard as a book that "can teach even the most die-hard Londoner something they didn't know." He lives in Manchester. Travis and Nick's previous book is London Quiz.


200 diarists, including: James Agate Elias Ashmole W.N.P. Barbellion Tony Benn Alan Bennett John Betjeman James Boswell Elizabeth Bowen Ford Madox Brown Fanny Burney Dora Carrington Alan Clark Ossie Clark John Dee Charles Dickens Bubb Dodington Maria Edgeworth Edward VI Dickon Edwards George Eliot John Evelyn Michael Faraday Joseph Farington Caroline Fox George Gissing Alec Guinness Nathaniel Hawthorne Derek Jarman John Keats Oona King Charles Lamb James Lees-Milne Henry Machyn Thomas Moore Harold Nicolson Michael Palin Samuel Pepys Vita Sackville-West Jonathan Swift W. M. Thackeray Vincent Van Gogh Queen Victoria Horace Walpole Evelyn Waugh John Wesley Virginia Woolf Joan Wyndham

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/03/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780711235649
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 624
  • ID: 9780711235649
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0711235643

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