Georgian London by Lucy Inglis

Georgian London

All aboard for a tour of London's most formative age-the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin. Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that changed life expectancy and the expectation of what life could be. Peek into the gilded drawing rooms of the aristocracy, walk down the quiet avenues of the new middle class, and crouch in the damp doorways of the poor. But watch your wallet - tourists make perfect prey for th...


Details Georgian London

TitleGeorgian London
ISBN9780670920136
Author
Release DateSep 5th, 2012
PublisherViking
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, European Literature, British Literature, Historical, Georgian
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Reviews Georgian London

  • Marguerite Kaye
    2014-03-22
    4.5 starts. Excellent stuff. London, district by district, with lots of lovely anecdotes and funny stories ad interesting facts. Exactly my kind of book, and what's more, the kind of book that works on loads of levels, whether you're a history buff or not. It's nicely written, it's witty, and it's cohesive, working its way from the innards of the city out. It's the kind of book you can dip in and out of, or you can read in a big gulp (I did a mix...
  • Sophie Turner
    2015-02-18
    This wasn't what I was expecting, but it was still a very interesting read for the most part. Based on the description I thought it would be more about the physical spaces, but instead it was more about the people who inhabited them, with some general description of the neighborhoods and what they were like (and, in turn, what has happened to them in modern times). There were many interesting anecdotes about these people. My one complaint was tha...
  • Brian Willis
    2017-08-06
    A fascinating book on the swiftly emerging metropolis of London from the late 1600s through the Regency era. Eminently readable, Inglis organizes the book by neighborhoods, literally beginning at the top of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral and emanating outwards in an expanding spiral in the counterclockwise direction, covering the central areas of London and Westminster, then south of the Thames, east London, and finally to northern London, with...
  • Rachel Knowles
    2014-01-04
    I had heard lots of good comments about this book and therefore sat down to read it with high expectations. I have to say that I was disappointed. This was probably my fault rather than the author's. The book claimed to be about Georgian London and so I rashly assumed that the period covered would be 1714 to 1830, but found it was very biased toward the early Georgians and included quite a few quotes from Samuel Pepys who died before the Georgian...
  • Peter
    2018-04-07
    You can't read a better summing up of Georgian London. Divided up into the single city parts of London you experience the most interesting characters, politicians and events. On every single page you feel that the author is really interested in what she writes and she does a marvelous job. I found some things I didn't know before and visited several locations depicted in the book. Great recommendation and must read for every London fan!
  • Lina
    2015-02-12
    A brilliant book on the history of London. There are things I didn't even know about, things I learned from watching period dramas, and things I don't even give a damn about. Yet the writing style was very easy to get through and interesting to read about these stories. Nice touch to end it with Keats! :)
  • Lady Kate
    2013-09-22
    Not far of finishing it, so far I am loving it. I feel like the author has invited me to step on a tour with her whilst she regales me with the history of London. So far I haven't wanted to get off!
  • Keith Hamilton
    2018-12-29
    An entertaining and eclectic survey of Georgian London, which reveals the fascinating history of our capital city and the start of its transformation in the 18th century into the modern bustling, crowded metropolis of today. The book sheds light on many places, highways and by-ways that are still part of Londoners everyday experience, and makes you want to walk these Georgian streets again armed with fresh eyes and insights. The more you look at ...
  • Bookworm10001
    2018-06-05
    I read this book some time ago, but it has proved, over time to be an extremely useful resource to dip in and out of. The author has an informative, but easy to read style and has clearly done her research. The layout is great, if you know little of London, she focusses on different areas of the capital and describes beautifully the changes that took place. It covers all social classes whereas many, focus on the upper classes of the period. My on...
  • Amy
    2019-01-20
    3.5 starsI came back to read the reviews after starting and stopping this one several times. I see now it was started as blog posts, which probably explains why it feels so disjointed and haphazard. It doesn't flow, so I have decided it's a keeper, filled with some interesting info, that would best be kept as a reference book for when I need to look up info about certain areas.It's obvious the author knows her subject, and there are a few drawing...
  • Emily
    2017-06-07
    An excellent look at the history of London in the Georgian Era. This starts with the Great Fire of London and tracks the changes and development of the city through to Victoria. This details both the history of each neighbor of London as well as some of the more interesting characters that lived there. Exceeding informative while also being entertaining.
  • Kim
    2018-03-09
    Well written tour through late 18th and early 19th century London! Many interesting people, places and stories abound. Also thoughtfully illustrated with period maps and engravings. It did jump around a lot, but never claimed to be a straight narrative, so I enjoyed the paths this book led me on. A good read for people interested in how life was led in Georgian London!
  • Cameron Paterson
    2018-10-29
    A colourful collageA very vivid tour of a still developing and frequently semi-rural London between the late 17th and early 19th Centuries, packed with colourful details. It is a period of history I knew little about and I learnt a lot
  • Diane
    2017-05-17
    This book tells the story of London in the 18th century, neighborhood by neighborhood. It is obviously well-researched and well-written, but it was a little hard to follow for someone unfamiliar with London.
  • Kirsty
    2017-08-20
    Lots of fascinating snippets in here
  • Deborah Small
    2018-04-21
    Interesting and informative.
  • Shannon Gallagher
    2017-12-12
    A kick to peruse, like wandering through historical London.
  • Nicole
    2018-07-26
    Good.
  • Noël
    2018-01-21
    ScatteredOverall I'd give this a 3.25. It was quite interesting, my complaint is it's very disjointed. It's meant to give a history of each area of London, but often you get only one sentence about an interesting fact and then you're off to another piece of trivia with no segue? My understanding is that this began life as a series of articles rather than a book. It shows. An avalanche of names and dates and places needing more to tie it together....
  • Kathy
    2014-11-10
    Quotable:Marijuana was in use as a recreational drug in London from the late seventeenth century. Robert Hooke lectured on it at the Royal Society in 1689/90 and noted that it rendered the user “unable to speak a Word of Sense; yet is he very merry, and laughs, and sings… yet is he not giddy, or drunk, but walks and dances… after a little Time he falls asleep, and sleepeth very soundly and quietly; and when he wakes, he finds himself mighti...
  • Emma
    2017-02-23
    Lovely, pacey, anecdotal history of Georgian London
  • Carla Bull
    2015-02-08
    Books like this one are, (for me at least), quite possibly closest thing to time travel I'm going to get. I've tried building a damn machine, it back fired terribly. That being said, this was a delightful reading experience! Not only is it loaded page after page, with delectable little snippets of London's history, it has such a beautiful mood. Now don't get me wrong, I can wade through the dustiest, the driest factual point-by-point history as w...
  • Philip Wilson
    2013-05-08
    I am a relative newcomer to the history of London in the Georgian period. My attempts to improve my knowledge of a city I love in that glorious period have constantly been dogged by the majority of books I've read no the subject. Certain histories have a tendency to get bogged down in detail that is so wedded to minutia that it loses the reader completely. This book has none of that. In what I consider to be an innovative approach, the author has...
  • Sophia Dunkin-Hubby
    2016-12-26
    I love London and have read a fair number of books on the city during specific time periods. I picked this one up at the Sir John Soane Museum when I visited in November. According to the introduction it started as a blog, a forum for the author to post the interesting stories that she found in the course of her research about the city of London during the Georgian period. She was interested in the stories of regular people rather than the well-k...
  • Matthew Fazey
    2017-01-09
    Thoroughly enjoyable book. It is a cliche to say a book is unputdownable but in this case it's true. We start in the 17th Century with the Plague and the Great Fire and we progress getting a picture of 18th Century London. There is a particular focus on history from below and the geography of London which I think is a good thing, particularly for those who aren't historians.I specifically like the focus on people who history books normally ignore...
  • Ronan Mcdonnell
    2016-05-25
    How brilliant is this? London WAS the Georgian Age. It is a time so strange and yet so familiar to us. In London's history we see the basis of our current ideas, moralities and underpinnings of society. But via the Victorians and the carnage of the twentieth century they are at a remove, and fascinatingly so.This book reads as a scattergun approach to history by its logic; eschewing chronology in favour of geography. But that didn't take away fro...
  • Anders Hanson
    2016-02-23
    This fascinating book brings to life Georgian London. Based on Lucy Inglis' blog each chapter covers a different part of London its history, way of life and the characters who were crucial to that part of the city at that time. Although a credible and authoritative history what makes this book stand out is the way its author loves an interesting story that gives you a real sense of life at the time, rather than just a dry stating of the facts.
  • Daniel
    2015-02-07
    In an ideal world I'd like the book to be 10 times the size with 10 times as much information. Everything is so interesting I just want more. But as an 'abridged' account of Georgian London, given the time frame, this was a really fun (even though often harrowing) read that has got me thirsty for more.