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Death and Destruction on the Thames in London (Death and Destruction Series)

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The history of the Thames in London is full of death and destruction, not just of people but the buildings along its banks and the bridges that span its murky depths which hide drownings, suicide and murder – including with a poisoned umbrella. This fascinating book tells the story of those who sailed to their doom, whether on infamous shipwrecks such as the Princess Alice

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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Golden Guides Press
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Lisa
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Every time I start to feel down or depressed, then I need to think about this book. From the very start of Londium to Henry the XIII and beyond. This was a hard scrabble life! I can't say much for those cold blooded bastards who enjoyed bloodshed, hangings or beheadings. That is something I will never understand. Heck, I'll just about crash my car just to avoid looking at car wrecks. Mostly because I'm afraid of what I'll see. I don't need those nightmares! I can't imagine that you're so poor an ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Thanks to Sapere and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley courtesy of the publisher.

What I liked:

I loved the history, especially the history was new to me. I was obsessed with Henry VIII for a time so knew a large amount of stories surrounding him and his court. I also had a brief dalliance with The Great Fire of 1666 but there were stories about both these events that were totally new to me and that was wonderful.

Of course the best thing was learning about events that I had no idea about. The SS Richard Mon
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Chris
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley courtesy of the publisher.

Gavin’s book presents the history of the Thames in terms of flooding, shipwrecks, and other issues. At times, one wonders about the use of the phrase “on the Thames”, there is a bit much on the Great Fire of London, some on terrorist attacks, and a bit on Jack the Ripper.

Yet, the book is good. There is a ton of detail here. Galvin includes a list and brief history of the bridges of London as well as a detailed l
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D.J. Mitchell
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Death and Destruction on the Thames in London (D&D) is an entertaining and fascinating history of London’s Thames River experience. D&D is chalk-full of Thames River interest about drownings, shipwrecks, war, weather, whales, construction, and more. Without pictures or maps, I was drawn to the internet to visualize what the author presented. Inspired by the author’s descriptions, I began planning a trip to London to see the setting first-hand. I would like to visit locations he described ...more
Bill Kelly
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating compilation of Thames River historical events from Roman times to the present. Anthony Galvin recounts the wars, fires, crimes, shipping disasters, bridge building, architecture and of course, the royal families.

The events portrayed in this succinct and easy to read history are often savage and cruel, but for every calamity there are redeeming acts of heroism and sheer pluck that I found quite inspiring. Times are tough for many now, but except for the very privileged, life was virt
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Nia Ireland
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was arguably more of a broad history of London rather than specifically the Thames, which was what I was expecting from the title, but as the book was pretty damn interesting I won’t quibble!

It was a fascinating collection of historical information about London from the past 2000 years, split up into chapters that included the history of fires in London, attempts to bridge and tunnel the Thames (possibly my favourite chapter) and a fascinating section about the executions that took pla
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Anne Morgan
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting look at the history of the Thames by focusing on death and destruction, this book had its ups and downs. Each chapter is roughly divided to give you floods, fires, wars, and other disasters by theme. One or two events tends to get most of the focus and Galvin goes into good detail behind the story. Others get brief nods. It seemed like at the end of almost every section was a touristy kind of ad for where to go today to see more about the highlighted disaster/death, which, no matt ...more
Debbie
This book provides a series of brief, grim stories centered around the Thames from throughout London's history. The author talked about disasters, accidents, crime and murder, destruction occurring during war, disease, floods, river pollution, smog, suicide, execution, and more. Many of these stories provided interesting bits of London's history, like the Gunpowder Plot, the many fires including the Great Fire, the building of various tunnels under the river, and the Frost Fairs. We're given det ...more
Susie
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sapere Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Thames runs through the heart of London, and acts as a silent witness to London's history and as unwitting accomplice to death and destruction.

The book looks at the history of the Thames and it's surrounding areas, spanning from the time of the Romans to the present day and covers everything from shipwrecks to murder.

It's a great book for reading front to back or for dipping in
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Susan Johnston
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: The. Thames has played a pivotal role in the history of London. As it wends its way through the centre of the Metropolis, it has been a huge advantage. In fact, it was because of the river, London grew up around its shores from Roman Times on. For all the good it did, it also has a long and deadly story from heads on pikes to catastrophes galore including disease and destruction. It may not have a “Pretty” history but it certainly is fascinating.
For any fan of London, p
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Seema Rao
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Terrible Tales ~ Thorough ~ Compelling

tl; dr: The Thames is basically a channel of sadness, horror, and disgusting refuse.

I love the Thames. This book is basically the opposite of Once Upon the River, a fictional story on the Thames. But, that isn't a qualitative appraisal. This book tells all the worst elements of life on a major waterway, from the beginning of the history to the recent past. There are so many terrible things that happened there, including cholera and dead whales. But, these
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Donna Pingry
Quite an interesting book loaded with historic information about fires, executions, suicides, whales and even the Thames freezing over. The book is packed with many stories dating back to the Roman conquest, William the Conqueror and right up to the current time. Beheadings, bear baiting, even a comment here and there about the Ripper. I found myself wondering if most Brits knew this much about their history. The book is well researched and easy to read.
Kristine
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Death and Destruction on the Thames in London by Anthony Galvin is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-February.

Galvin's dry wit shows through the staves of history of the Thames witnessing citywide fires, maritime and wartime tragedies, architecture, bridges, monarchy incidents (particularly during the Tudor era), murders, sicknesses, and disease.
Angela Sanford
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Anthony Calvin gives his readers a look at the famous Thames River in London. Going into detail about fires, crimes, the wars, shipping disasters, bridge building, architecture and the royal families. With very detailed accounts, the Thames River was the scene of many cruel deaths, by suicide, as well as, murder. This is a great resource for anyone that has a fascination of the history of London. I found it to be an enjoyable and knowledgeable read.
Diane E. Glaze
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Mar 02, 2019
Rebecca
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This books looks at the Thames and how it has and does interact with the city of London. The premise was interesting but for me the format and style just didn’t work. The constant anecdotes I found irritating and there wasn’t enough factual information for me.
Sorry I just didn’t get on with this book.
Mary Ann Brooks
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Alexandra
An interesting look at how a river and city can interact and play an important role with each other. Takes a look at different things that happened on or surrounding the river. Nice for those who have an interest in London, rivers or bodies of water.
G. Salter
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Galvin combines objective historical research with a novelist's ability to focus on the little details that make the historical events feel relatable and interesting. The result is a fascinating book about the Thames' history and how London has survived various disasters.
Heather Nixon
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Apr 20, 2019
Richard Myers
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Feb 28, 2019
Kendra
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By the writing style I assumed this was for young readers. Then I read a passage quoting Samuel Pepys's description of him having sex with one of his servants and it was a bit explicit for the ages 6-8 set. So then I though, "perhaps it's just condescending." This was verified as I read further. It's condescending and annoying and not very historical. It's full of anecdotes, mostly told badly, with some asinine sexist jokes. There's little actually about the Thames; the connections are very tenu ...more
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Susie
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Sapere Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Thames runs through the heart of London, and acts as a silent witness to Londoners history and as unwitting accomplice to death and destruction.

The book looks at the history of the Thames and it's surrounding areas, spanning from the time of the Romans to the present day and covers everything from shipwrecks to murder.

It's a great book for reading front to back or for dipping in
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Miss K Hayes
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Anthony Galvin trained as a physicist before working for a decade as a crime journalist for a daily paper in Europe's toughest city. Now he travels the world performing magic, ventriloquism and hypnotism.

He has worked as a hotel manager, radio presenter, Arctic skidoo driver, and many other jobs. He briefly held the world record for the longest public lecture (at sixty two hours) and spends every
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