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London Under
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
Ackroyd's book is a fascinating, richly crafted look at what's underneath the city of London, revealing the physical past within the present -- in mythic depth. The author takes us back to everything from pre-Roman remains, buried rivers, and the defunct stations of London's Underground.

"London Under" was my first exposure to Peter Ackroyd, and it made me wonder: If he can do this with non-fiction, what on earth is his fiction like? Well, I have since read a number of his novels and have a few more to look forward to. Ackroyd has proven himself to be one of the great writers of our time. How he got by under my radar is a mystery.

My only complaint about "London Under" is its brevity. The book left me wanting more in each chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"London Under," by Peter Ackroyd, is a compendium of trivia about what lies underneath the ground of London, England. Items ranging from Bronze Age relics to Roman tiles to Anglo-Saxon graves are to be found, as are the choked remains of numerous springs, wells and rivers. Early stations of the Underground can be found, as can Victorian sewer systems and, of course, any number of tunnels for the housing of gas and water pipes, electric and telephone wires, and so on. It's interesting because the city is so old and the land thereabouts has been occupied by humans for so long, but the details are likely only to be of interest to Londoners or others who are intimately familiar with the city; to someone who's only visited there a few times, like me, the information concerning the exact location of certain items is meaningless because I have no idea where those locations are. Still, there's a certain fascination in the realization that the many streets, alleys and roads in London that have "spring" or "well" in their names are, in fact, marking an area where once a spring or well existed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This wonderful book was a perfect choice for my sister who is a great fan of Mr Ackroyd's books on London. She loved it!! It is chuck full of little known information on early London, he has done an incredible amount of research and he writes extremely well. Next thing I know she will want to go exploring in the bowels of our city. If you love history then this book is for you.
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on April 22, 2013
Small volume packed with information. Left me searching for more. Will continue to read Ackroyd. Very entertaining histories. I will look for the Lost London rivers on my next trip "over ome"
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on January 8, 2014
Gripping, intelligent, informative and well crafted, as are all of Peter Ackroyds books. An excellent read from a skilled historian.
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on August 15, 2014
very interesting!
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