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A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters

A few chapters of Goodbye to Soho are featured in this book alongside people like Samuel Pepys, Alan Bennett, Joe Orton, Noel Coward, George Elliot, Mary Shelley. What an honour! The book’s called A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters. Here’s the blurb:



A London Year is an anthology of short diary entries, one or more for each day of the year, which, taken together, provides an impressionistic portrait of life in the city from Tudor times to the twenty-first century.


There are more than two hundred featured writers, with a short biography for each. The most famous diarist of all – Samuel Pepys – is there, as well as some of today’s finest diarists like Alan Bennett and Chris Mullin. There are coronations and executions, election riots and zeppelin raids, duels, dust-ups and drunken sprees, among everyday moments like Brian Eno cycling in Kilburn or George Eliot walking on Wimbledon Common.


Vividly evoking moments in the lives of Londoners in the past, providing snapshots of the city’s inhabitants at work, at play, in pursuit of money, sex, entertainment, pleasure and power, A London Year is a beautifully packaged gift hardback with foil detailing on the jacket, a ribbon marker and black and white illustrations throughout. The perfect book for all who live in or love this eternal, ever-changing city.


Presented as a dust-jacketed hardback with foil detailing on the title, and with a ribbon marker, A London Year is a beautiful as well as engrossing book to dip into everyday for a snapshot of London life through seasons, and throughout history. A perfect gift.


  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234499


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