Matt Lloyd-Rose

Curiocity
  • Curiocity

  • 'The most ingenious, informative, inimitable, individual, innovative, insightful, inspiring, instructive, intelligible, intoxicating, intricate guide to the great city that I have ever seen. Bravo!' Philip Pullman

    'A glorious and delightful compendium and guide to London from Above, Below and all the in-betweens' Neil Gaiman

    Curiocity is a London book unlike any other. Its 26 chapters weave together facts, myths, stories, riddles, essays, diagrams, illustrations and itineraries to explore every aspect of life in the capital. At the heart of each chapter is a hand-drawn map, charting everything from thecity's islands and underground spaces, to its erogenous zones and dystopian futures. Taking you from Atlas to Zones, via Congestion, Folkmoot, Pearls and Xenophilia, Curiocity will transform the way you see London.

    'The greatest book about London published in modern times ... an illuminated manuscript for the 21st century city' Londonist

    'Here is something different ... the literary equivalent of Sir John Soane's Museum ... quite breathtaking' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Remarkable ... a nerdy Londoner's paradise ... an exquisite 450-page cross between an encyclopaedia and an artwork' Evening Standard

    'Utterly extraordinary' Tom Holland

    'However well you think you know London, you will discover something newon virtually every page, and the things you know well will be seen completely differently' The London Society

Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose are old friends and Curiocity is their first book. Henry has led cheese walks in London, written a book about mazes called Follow This Thread, and he is the creative editor of Penguin Classics. Matt Lloyd-Rose has been a primary teacher, police officer and social researcher in London. He wrote this book while living in Buenos Aires.