• a wonderful collection of stories and legends, to be recommended to anyone who is at least half in love with the dark side of London's past.

    Peter Ackroyd, The Times
  • [An] absorbing compendium by folklore expert Steve Roud. He excavates the history of the capital, from obscure suburban streets to famous sites like the Tower of London

    The London Paper
  • I've been enthralled ... The book's real strength lies [in] its exposure of deeper levels of custom, tradition and magical thinking that lie beneath the smooth Tarmac of contemporary realism

    Will Self, Evening Standard
  • A spellbinding study of our city's folklore ... digs through layers of hearsay and speculation to investigate how and why the stories and traditions arose in the first place

    Newham Recorder
  • An absorbing and fascinatingly thorough book

    Harrow Observer

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