Georgian London: Into the Streets (Paperback)Lucy Inglis (author)
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In Georgian London: Into the Streets, Lucy Inglis takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin.
Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that changed expectations of what life could be. Peek into the gilded drawing rooms of the aristocracy, walk down the quiet avenues of the new middle class, and crouch in the damp doorways of the poor. But watch your wallet - tourists make perfect prey for the thriving community of hawkers, prostitutes and scavengers.
Visit the madhouses of Hackney, the workshops of Soho and the mean streets of Cheapside. Have a coffee in the city, check the stock exchange, and pop into St Paul's to see progress on the new dome.
This book is about the Georgians who called London their home, from dukes and artists to rent boys and hot air balloonists meeting dog-nappers and life-models along the way. It investigates the legacies they left us in architecture and art, science and society, and shows the making of the capital millions know and love today.
'Read and be amazed by a city you thought you knew' Jonathan Foyle, World Monuments Fund
'Jam-packed with unusual insights and facts. A great read from a talented new historian' Independent
'Pacy, superbly researched. The real sparkle lies in its relentless cavalcade of insightful anecdotes . . . There's much to treasure here' Londonist
'Inglis has a good ear for the outlandish, the farcical, the bizarre and the macabre. A wonderful popular history of Hanoverian London' London Historians
In 2009 Lucy Inglis began blogging on the lesser-known aspects of London during the Eighteenth Century - including food, immigration and sex - at GeorgianLondon.com. She lives in London with her husband. Georgian London is her first book.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
Inglis writes colourfully and engagingly, and offers plenty of odd facts and amusing vignettes * Economist *
Full of neat character portraits and engaging plots * Financial Times *
Pacy, superbly researched. The real sparkle lies in its relentless cavalcade of insightful anecdotes . . . There's much to treasure here * Londonist *
Read and be amazed by a city you thought you knew -- Jonathan Foyle, World Monuments Fund
Fun, fast and factual . . . Lucy Inglis offers, without breaking stride, a delicious panorama of people, quiddities and oddities * Evening Standard *
Inglis has a good ear for the outlandish, the farcical, the bizarre and the macabre. A wonderful popular history of Hanoverian London * London Historians *
The Georgians had enough scandal and drama going on to fill a dozen tabloid papers. The rather-fit Lucy Inglis crams it all into this startling book which will have you pining for a taste of those debauched days * Sunday Sport *
From the Great Fire in 1666 and the covering of the old 'Ditch' where the Fleet river once ran, to the creation of Westminster Bridge, the British Museum and the National Gallery, Lucy Inglis gives us an entertaining romp through well-known parts of London * Who Do You Think You Are? *
Lucy Inglis leaves no stone unturned, no coffeehouse unvisited and no dark alley unexplored . . . a dazzling tapestry of 18th-century London life emerges. Lively, engaging, fascinating, humorous * BBC History *
[An] engaging and industrious survey of life in Georgian London * TLS *
Reading Lucy Inglis's brisk, astringent and highly amusing tour around various quarters of Hanoverian London on Boxing Day is the ideal antidote to the excesses of Christmas and will keep you snugly entertained in your armchair for hours * History Today, 'Books of the Year' *
Anyone who is interested in history and our great capital city will be gripped by Georgian London. This book is full of enjoyable nuggets * Soane Magazine *
Inglis describes a city that was just beginning to become modern, with all its colourful high and low life * Journal of the Islington Archaeology & History Society *
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