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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
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
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).
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.
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
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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