Thursday, 3 July 2014

FACTUAL REVIEW: A Curious Guide to London - Simon Leyland

Release Date: 25/05/14
Publisher:  Bantam Press


From petticoat duels and lucky cats to the Stiffs Express, Lord Nelson's spare nose, the Piccadilly earthquake and the Great Beer Flood of 1814, A Curious Guide to London takes you on a captivating, wildly entertaining tour of the city you think you know, unearthing the capital's secrets and commemorating its rich, colourful and unusual history. Brimming with tales of London's forgotten past, its strangest traditions and its most eccentric inhabitants, this book celebrates the unique, the unusual and the unknown. Perfect for tourists, day-trippers, commuters and the millions of people who call London home, this alternative guidebook will make you look at the city in a whole new light.


Ah, the glories of what I like to term as a “Bathroom book.” Something you can delve into that is full on not only fascinating tidbits of London’s weird facts but something that will entertain as well as fascinate the reader. For me, I love finding out the weird and wonderful, the unusual, the stranger than fiction facts and for me this book is something that as a writer I’m keeping on hand for inspiration.

It’s quirky, its wonderfully laid out and all round a book that will make a wonderful gift to anyone from London or has an interest in the different. Cracking.

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