Following his bestselling short histories of England and Europe comes the final in the trilogy- LONDON
Simon Jenkins is author of the bestselling A Short History of England, A Short History of Europe, Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations, England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses. He is a former Editor of the Evening Standard and The Times, and columnist for the Guardian.
Fascinating and timely. Truly the story of the fabric we see before
us. Required reading for every developer, planner or councillor who
holds London in trust today -- Griff Rhys Jones
Jenkins's handling of the preceding two millennia is clear and informative . . . there are also nuggets and insights . . . accessible, clear and readable -- Rowan Moore * The Observer *
Simon Jenkins has written a vivid and deeply well-informed account of London's history which is throughout much enlivened by his knowledge of London's planning, buildings and topography, his admiration for terrace housing and London squares, his interest in how London has been depicted and described, and his detestation of so much insensitive modern development
Extremely informative and witty
Jenkins's first book, A City at Risk, in 1970 was
subtitled A Close Look at London's Streets.
Five decades on, he brings much knowledge and experienceto his defence of those streets, in this study of the battle for "London's appearance - why it looks as it does today, more variegated and visually anarchic than any comparable city"