There are many good books about London which are readily available from large or independent bookshops. This section deals with those other worthy books which may not so readily be found. Small independent publishers (such as Your London Publishing) or excellent self-published books ought to have a wider reach. This website will not provide the wider reach which is needed but it’s taking a step in the right direction.
London Bridge and its houses
Published in 2019 by the London Topographical Society
The Romance of Bethnal Green – A tale of London, past and present,
Becton Books, 2007, £12.00
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE EAST END OF LONDON, YOU WILL ENJOY CATHY ROSS’S HISTORY OF BETHNAL GREEN – THE AUTHOR’S INFORMATIVE AND PERSONAL APPROACH BETRAYS HER PASSION FOR LONDON AND HER EXPERTISE – SHE IS THE FORMER CURATORIAL HEAD OF THE LATER DEPARTMENT AT THE MUSEUM OF LONDON.
In their own words, A literary companion to the origins of London, 2013.
The kindle edition is on Amazon.
KEVIN FLUDE STARTED LIFE AS AN ARCHAEOLOGIST; HE HAS BEEN TEACHING AND CONDUCTING TOURS OF LONDON FOR THE LAST FORTY YEARS. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN THE MYTH OF THE BIRTH OF LONDON – THIS LITTLE BOOK IS SUCH A VALUABLE SUMMARY OF ALL THOSE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL STORIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE BIRTH OF THE CAPITAL …
River Effra: South London’s Secret Spine
JON NEWMAN IS BOROUGH ARCHIVIST AT LAMBETH. HIS INTEREST IN HISTORY AND LITERATURE MAKES HIS INFORMATIVE BOOKS A DELIGHT TO READ.
The Dictionary of Fashion History, a revised, edited and updated version of the 1960 original by CW & P Cunnington and Charles Beard (Berg, 2010; revised edition, Bloomsbury, 2017)
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LONDON AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF ARTISTS, YOU WILL NEED VALERIE CUMMING’S EXCELLENT GUIDES TO FASHION HISTORY, OFTEN THE ONLY WAY TO DATE CERTAIN PAINTINGS. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE BUT DO CHECK VALERIE’S WEBSITE AT https://valeriecumming.com/