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  • Fascinating and timely. Truly the story of the fabric we see before us. Required reading for every developer, planner or councillor who holds London in trust today

    Griff Rhys Jones
  • Jenkins's handling of the preceding two millennia is clear and informative . . . there are also nuggets and insights . . . accessible, clear and readable

    Rowan Moore, The Observer
  • 'He [Jenkins] brings much knowledge and experience to his defence of those streets, in this study of the battle for "London's appearance - why it looks as it does today, more variegated and visually anarchic than any comparable city"

    Christopher Howse, The Telegraph
  • A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought

    Michael Wood, New Statesman on A Short History of England
  • Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book for Christmas...I can imagine no better companion on a voyage across England

    Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph on England’s Thousand Best Houses
  • A short, invigorating gallop over two and a half thousand years

    Scotsman on A Short History of Europe
  • 'I decided I'd reduce the height of a pile of recommended books by actually reading some of them. Thus I sampled the delights of Simon Jenkins's A Short History of London

    Sue MacGregor, broadcaster

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