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  • White is one of our great chroniclers of London and this beautifully written, impeccably researched and incredibly generous book is a necessity for those of us who are not yet tired of life

    Frances Wilson, Telegraph
  • [A] page-turner biography of the capital, full of amazing facts and anecdotes, a book that anyone wanting food for thought about social history or human nature will treasure

    Evening Standard
  • An invigorating yet thoughtful tour through the metropolis’s most extraordinary and bracing of centuries

    Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times
  • A tremendous work - well researched, well written, solid and reliable, mastering a complex subject in an authoritative account that is a pleasure to read

    Dan Cruikshank, Country Life
  • A dazzling account

    Daily Express
  • Spiralling stories enliven every page of Jerry White’s magnificent, fully annotated, accessible and scholarly book

  • It’s hard to see how a more detailed and readable account of Defoe’s ‘great and monstrous thing’ could be written

    Time Out
  • A vast and impressive synthesis ... [a] wonderful panorama

  • Magnificent

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Magisterial

    Daily Mail

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