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Peter Murray

 

We’re delighted that this year’s pre-Christmas talk will be given by Matt Brown, editor-at-large of the Londonist website and author of (among many other books) “Everything you know about London is Wrong“.

Matt will share stories from some of the most intriguing of his perambulations around the capital. Find out what happens behind the lights of Piccadilly Circus; how to stand on the weather vane of St Bride’s; the secret rooms and relics of St Paul’s; and how to dress yourself in the morning when your day includes a trip down the Northern Outfall Sewer AND the press launch of a new sherry bar.

And there’ll be myths shattered, legends overturned and long-held “facts” disproved as Matt shares gems from Everything you know about London is Wrong.

Matt’s book makes an ideal stocking-filler – we’ll have some to purchase at the event – and we round off the evening in traditional style, with mince pies, drinks and other festive goodies.

I hope you can join us – tickets are available here.

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Peter Murray

 

hawks-booksAs a member of the London Society, chances are your home contains a well-curated shelf of London books. You might even run to a bookcase full. Still, we’re betting you’ve got a way to go to equal Hawk Norton. Norton, who used to work in the printing business, reckons he has approximately 5,000 books relating to the UK capital, constituting what must be the largest private collection on the subject. They are housed in his Brentford home, shelved from floor to ceiling, with stacked boxes struggling to contain the overflow. It started around 40 years ago with a single book, a present from his mother: now the collection includes everything from the first published survey of London, compiled by John Stow in 1598, to Peter Murray’s 2016 Streets Ahead: The Future of London’s Roads, as well as antique prints and maps. Even as he is still adding new titles, Norton reluctantly decided to reclaim some of his living space and began selling off his books. He has just issued his latest catalogue, which runs to 129 pages of small type. With the books listed under categories including ‘Lost London’, ‘Under London’ and ‘London’s Dead’ it makes fantastic reading in itself. Send an email to hawk@btinternet.com to request a pdf copy and prepare to spend.

 

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