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.
Travis Elborough is an author and social commentator. His books include A Traveller's Year, A London Year, The Long-Player Goodbye, Being A Writer and A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People's Institution. Travis is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and the Guardian, and has penned articles on all aspects of travel and culture, from pirates in the Caribbean to donkeys at the British seaside. He has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, BBC History Magazine and Kinfolk among others. 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 Stockport.
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