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The A-Z of Curious London: Strange Stories of Mysteries, Crimes and Eccentrics

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An A-Z of eccentric characters, strange events, and curious happenings, this book reveals the amazing and curious history of the city of London

Spooky, gruesome, and weird, but true, things about one of the world's greatest cities come alive here. Discover London's tiniest house, a 4,000-year-old mouse made from Nile clay, and the amazing things people leave on London's tra
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by The History Press
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Sarah
Did you know that a ‘tsunami of beer’ once flooded a popular London street, killing nine people by sweeping them away on a tide of beer? Or that some of the strangest items left behind on the Tube have been human skulls, a pair of breast implants and a bag containing nothing but a Rolex and 10,000 in cash? These are just a sample of the bizarre things you will discover in The A-Z of Curious London; a collection of facts, trivia and strange details that shows London in a new and interesting light ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
One of the most fascinating cities in the world, London has had its share of 'oddball history' as revealed in Gilly Pickup's charming, informative book. Here can be found details on the dentist who kept his dead wife on view in a shop window, London's oldest restaurant, the ghosts of Ham House, Sweeney Todd's evil doings, the smallest police station in the UK, Newgate's Black Dog and other stories of 'the good old city.' Pickup's book is fun reading and catnip for Londonphiles.


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Michael
Apr 19, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
The book basically does what is says on the cover, but it was still a let down. I thought there would be weirder stuff in here. Ultimately it was like a watered down tourist guide with some quirky passages. It wasn't substantial enough to make it entertaining, and not extensive enough to make it comprehensive. A lot of the images were just lifted from wikimedia commons. This book would make more sense as a community-run webpage rather than a book that you pay 10 Euros for.

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Aug 02, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
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The perfect book to pick up for a few moments at a time. There was an entertaining mixture of political history, social history, food history, drink history, architectural history, and more. You could read for a minute, or hours on end!
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