Whoo-wee! Straight up 18th century sluttery that puts Fifty Shades of Grey to shame.
Fanny Hill is orphaned at the age of 14 and goes to London with a...moreWhoo-wee! Straight up 18th century sluttery that puts Fifty Shades of Grey to shame.
Fanny Hill is orphaned at the age of 14 and goes to London with a neighbour to make a life for herself. After her 'friend' ditches her, she goes off in search of work and is offered a job in a household that turns out to be a brothel. Fanny sees and experiences a lot of debauchery in her short time here and instead of being freaked out and running for the hills like most virginal girls of such a tender age, she just gets really horny. One day she sees a handsome young man by the name of Charles sitting out in a courtyard and the two run away together to shack up. After a few years together in bliss, Charlie gets sent away on a ship, not to return for several years. Fanny once again finds herself on her own and her landlady sells her off to a wealthy man to pay the fees and rent she's accrued. And so it goes for a few years and for the remainder of the book Fanny is either having sex or just have had sex or thinking about sex, until one day she randomly meets up with Charles and gets her happily ever after.
This a quick read and I'm a sucker for happy endings. But my god, is it smutty! The sex scenes are described in graphic detail and most of it made me blush to the roots of my hair. And the silly words to describe those delicate parts of anatomy are pretty hilarious. (less)
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...moreDid 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.
This book is a handy resource for the more quirky bits of London, such as where to go if you want to see Winston Churchill’s dentures or if you want to go have a look round The First Shop in the World. Nicely set out in alphabetical order from the man that was Arrested for wearing a top hat to the most famous Zebra crossing in the world, it’s easy to dip in and out of to get to your favourites tidbits.
Even if you know London well, you will learn something new in the pages of this book. Gilly Pickup has done an excellent job of finding odd and unusual facts instead of just your run-of-the mill touristy information and history lessons. Touching on history, science myths and the paranormal, this book will enlighten and entertain anyone with an interest in one of the world’s greatest cities. (less)
After reading a few other books from the Haunted Liverpool series, I found this a let-down. These books are supposed true accounts from real Liverpudl...moreAfter reading a few other books from the Haunted Liverpool series, I found this a let-down. These books are supposed true accounts from real Liverpudlians, but this one is more fairy tale than ghost story. For example, there’s a man that turns into a giant bird and eats people. And an old woman who claimed that her uncle had a gang of goblins for friends and when she died she remained a child forever, living wild in the woods with the goblins. There was even a captured leprechaun in the early 1900’s that was interviewed for the newspaper but instead of speaking would just growl and squeal. Now, I take all ghost stories with a grain of salt—people get scared in the dark and think that branch scraping the window is a ghost trying to get in, etc, etc. But…I found these stories to be too far-fetched and downright laughable. It was entertaining and even interesting, but when I read ghost stories it’s for the thrill of spine tingles and wondering what that bump in the night is. Certainly not leprechauns! Tom, please stick with the ghosties!(less)
I love a good ghost story! Before visiting a city, I love to get a book about the haunted history of it before I visit some of the places mentioned. T...moreI love a good ghost story! Before visiting a city, I love to get a book about the haunted history of it before I visit some of the places mentioned. This particular series has 20+ books in it, and since this one is the first I read, it’s my favourite. It tells the tale of the ghostly harpist in the attic whose music predicts the future, a front door with a window that reflects a murder that took place in front of it decades before and a mysterious dancing apparition that chooses a living man as a dance partner. Every story in this book is captivating and chilling; I devoured it one night. Even without the ghosties, it’s an excellent history lesson on Liverpool.(less)