Our History

Your London Publishing is the brainchild of Mireille Galinou. The idea evolved as a result of intensive work on London’s first garden suburb – St John’s Wood. This project provided a substantial scholarly volume ‘Cottages and Villas’ which was very well received. However, it was obvious that a more popular format such as that of The Dulwich Notebook, would reach a much wider readership.

What we Do

Your London publishing is introducing a new type of London guide book. Each volume will focus on the capital’s residential neighbourhoods, rather than the well-trodden territory of Central London. The books offer an intriguing blend of art, local and urban history and journalism.

They capture the continuing significance of the past but also explore the present in a lively and informative way. The creativity of residential London is analysed, measured and celebrated.

Our Ethos

It is easy to observe that the more you move away from the centre of London, the less people seem to know about the history, heritage and status of the places where they live. And that the reason for this disconnect between people and places is NOT a poorer cultural environment.

Apart from a few exceptions, tourists generally steer clear of the suburbs and while historical societies do wonderful work, their remit can be so localised that they run the risk of overlooking the links between the local and the global city. Finally, their frequent lack of resources means they publish ‘home-made’ books thus reinforcing the impression of the suburbs as having secondary importance.

 Your London Publishing books are well researched and produced to a high standard of presentation. But their goal is to be popular, not academic, so as to reach the widest possible public and this is reflected in their price. They aim to present contemporary neighbourhoods within their historical context, hence the blend of historical material with contemporary photographs. They contain an exceptionally rich array of high quality images which have been carefully selected, confident that a good picture (with its informative caption) is worth a thousand words. This visual approach inevitably leads to a keen interest in ARTISTS: who else scrutinise London and its suburbs now in the way that they do?

Who we are

Mireille Galinou

An art and urban historian, and an experienced author who worked for twenty years with the collection of paintings, prints and drawings at the Museum of London. In 1990 she organised a major exhibition on London Gardens at the Museum and edited its souvenir publication. In 1996 she co-wrote (with John Hayes) London in Paint, the Museum’s Catalogue of Oil Paintings. After going freelance in 2000 she organised a series of conferences at Guildhall (for the Corporation of London), one of which was published in 2004: City Merchants and the Arts. In 2013 she won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson book prize (Society for Landscape Studies in New York) for Cottages and Villas – the Birth of the Garden Suburb (Yale University Press, 2010). She set up Your London Publishing in 2015 (www.yourlondonpublishing.co.uk) and brought out The Dulwich Notebook (2015) and The Streatham Sketchbook (2017).

Torla Evans

After spells of archaeological photography in Jordan, she became Head of Photography at the Museum of London until 2013. She is equally comfortable with journalism, object photography, portraits or landscapes.

Mick Keates

An accomplished freelance book designer who worked on a number of Museum of London and Guildhall Art Gallery publications. Now his major clients include the Royal Collection.

Valerie Cumming

Dress historian and experienced author whose museum career ranged from junior curator to senior administrator (Museum of London) before becoming the chairman of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum. She is the former editor of Costume – the journal of the Costume Society.
www.valeriecumming.com

Latest Books

‘As a new type of local history book, The Dulwich Notebook is highly recommended. Lavishly illustrated with many interesting perspectives on the life and character of Dulwich, it takes its place as one of the top London books.’ Alexander Werner, Head of History Collections, The Museum of London