London: The Biography


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ISBN: 9781856197168
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Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover, first printing of first edition, in unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Clean tight copy. Definitive guide in near fine condition.

Much of Peter Ackroyd's work has been concerned with the life and past of London but here, as a culmination, is his definitive account of the city. For him it is an organism with its own laws of growth and change, so this book is a biography rather than a history. Ackroyd reveals the dozens of ways in which the continuity of the city survives - in ward boundaries unchanged since the Middle Ages, in vocabulary and in various traditions - showing London as constantly changing, yet forever the same in essence.

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