Explore the secret, quirky and curious history of London's well-known squares. Authors Alan Brooke and David Brandon have made some strange discoveries in these famous places, from the personal dedications on the benches in Berkeley Square to the Grade II-listed cabman's shelter at Russell Square. There are details on the hidden history of the squares, weird and wonderful incidents and little-known facts about the notable houses and the people who lived there. Fully illustrated with photographs old and new, and with helpful maps for navigation, this book will delight anyone with an interest in the more bizarre aspects of the capital's illustrious past.
Alan Brooke has taught history in further and higher education for over thirty years. His enthusiasm and interest in history continues through writing, giving public talks, guided tours of London and part-time lecturing. He has written and co-written (with David Brandon) many books, many of which deal with London's history. David Brandon spent much of his working life in adult education in colleges and universities. He has a passion for history and is a published author. He runs a variety of courses and lectures on topics such as 'Absolute Rotters and Total Cads - Villains in British History, and 'You Are What You Eat - Food and Eating Habits 1550-2000'. He has also co-written several successful titles with Alan Brooke. He lives in Peterborough.