Living With London is a celebration of what is arguably the greatest city in the world. London may no longer be the most populous city but it must certainly be the most visited. Nick Botting has created a collection of paintings of London which depict scenes which will be familiar to all and others which will not. Each has descriptive text appropriate to the paintings - architecture, ancient and more contemporary history, curiosity, fame. All the scenes will inspire readers with a sense of adventure and cause them to look again at the famous landmarks - Trafalgar Square, the Old Bailey, Highgate Cemetery, and some less well known - with a new sense of appreciation. London has existed for almost two thousand years and has witnessed catastrophe - the Great Plague in 1665, the Great Fire in 1666, the Blitz of the Second World War - and joy - the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the Olympic games, also in 2012, and earlier in 1948 - in equal measure.It is vibrant, changing and 'living' and this book, Living With London, with the paintings of Nick Botting, and prose of David Rayvern Allen, brilliantly encapsulates our glorious capital city.
Nick Botting is an English painter who loves to paint "en plein air." He has been known to set up his easel anywhere from the middle of an intersection to the roof of a car. His paintings are concerned with capturing small moments in time and preserving them, and the people in them, for the viewer's voyeuristic pleasure. David Rayvern Allen was a sports writer and historian, as well as an award-winning radio producer and presenter and speaker.