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Suggs and the City: Journeys through Disappearing London

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Armed with a spirit of adventure, a passion for London and a trusted A–Z, Suggs embarks on an unpredictable journey through the bustling main drags and little-known side streets to explore the eccentric story of his extraordinary home town. Having lived in London as man and boy, this is Suggs’s personal take on an ever-changing London, a city whose traditions and foibles a ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 2009)
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R.J. Askew
May 15, 2012 R.J. Askew rated it it was amazing
The art of buying a boooook.........

How we buy a book will often determine how we read it and how we feel about it when we do. Clearly this will be something we may forget as we buy more ebooks, much as the art of caressing a replay out of a wobbly pinball machine is a lost form to The GTA-gen. Of course a new art will evolve in the matter of buying an ebook. Perhaps it will turn on how we click, or which finger we use to press 'ADD TO TROLLY'. Perhaps there will be the tai chi way to click on A
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Ian Mapp
May 05, 2015 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
A great concept for a book this - written in 2009 and quite timely, as I look on with interest at the 2015 campaign to save Soho.

This is a love letter to London. Not the touristy bits, but the pubs, restaurants, houses, shopping and sports arenas that are the staple of the working classes.

Its nice that Suggs is not a traditionalist - he recognises that London is constantly re-inventing itself and it always has. This is a look back at the people and places that shaped London. Some are still avail
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Janieface
Jul 18, 2013 Janieface rated it really liked it
I've been to London stacks of times but I really want to go back with this book in my hand so I can look at the place with fresh eyes. Some fascinating stories from someone who has lived and breathed the place his entire life. I confess to a certain amount of bias as I'm a big fan of the author in his day job, but this was an easy and interesting read. There was a TV series called Disappearing London on which the book was based and it's worth seeking that out too (available on DVD).
Katie
Mar 07, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiographies
Suggs has turned his charm and charisma to writing about his life in and around London, how he remembered it then and how he still loves it now.

Witty and highly-readable, it's how I imagine he'd tell you his story over a pint or two.
Tom
Aug 08, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
His cheeky chappie persona became rather wearing over time as he squeezed yet more mediocre puns into an otherwise interesting set of snapshots of disappearing London
Siobhan Reynolds
Jun 16, 2013 Siobhan Reynolds rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this as I am a North Londoner so knew a lot of the places Suggs was writing about. Not sure if it would be quite so interesting otherwise!
Stan Bebbington
If you like London read it! Suggs writes well and is easy to read. It's like listening to a real expert on the subject he loves.
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“These old-style buses had other glories too. I’m sure it was not only me and my friends who enjoyed the occasional ride without a fare on these old wagons. ‘Get on a red bus and not pay the fare, get on the red bus and go anywhere,’ as I sang in ‘Somewhere in London’.” 0 likes
“It’s a tradition stretching back right through the centuries, to the time when London was still in the first flush of youth.” 0 likes
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