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  • Published: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099287377
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99
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London Under


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From the author of the bestselling London: The Biography, a poetic and powerful urban history of life and legend beneath London

London Under is an atmospheric, imaginative introduction to everything that goes on under London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheatres to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern Underground stations. This book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures, both real and fictional, that dwell in the darkness - rats and eels, monsters and ghosts.

From the Anglo-Saxon graves under St Paul's, to the hydraulic device in Kensal Green cemetery which lowered bodies into the catacombs below, to the fossils uncovered when the Victoria Line was built and the gold bars within the Bank of England's vaults, London Under takes you into a hidden world, beneath our feet.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099287377
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.

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Praise for London Under

“Ackroyd is a knowledgeable and evocative guide to London’s different archaeological levels”

Times Higher Education Supplement


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