London by John Russell

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John Russell's memoir of London goes back to before the great fire of 1666, when the modern city was formed. It looks inside St. Paul's Cathedral, under Wren's great dome, and into Westminster Abbey, where the author spent many midnight hours on fire-fighting duty during World War II and came to know the monuments lining the walls as well as he knew the furniture in his own living room. It offers a privileged peek inside Buckingham Palace as well as a leisurely stroll through John Nash's Regent's Park. It lives through great days in the House of Commons, eavesdrops at Lady Holland's soirees, and applauds a new Pinter play. Selected by the author, a gallery of the city's finest recorders illustrates the text, from Canaletto and Zoffany to Rowlandson and Hogarth. Here are Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner and Monet, Walter Sickert and Lucian Freud, John Thomson and Bill Brandt. Nearly two hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, architectural renderings, photographs, cartoons, and more serve as visual foils to Mr. Russell's verbal recollections.
 

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Published January 1, 1996 by Harry N Abrams Inc / The Mahler Foundation.
Genres: . Non-fiction

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The scheming (and barren) Mrs Lyons suggests to Mrs Johnstone that she doesn’t need two more mouths to feed and she convinces her servant to give up one of her babies.

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The Telegraph

If ever a show illustrated the truth that musicals aren’t so much written as rewritten it is Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along.

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The Telegraph

Rating: * * * Photo: Russell Brand was 'interviewed’ by Jonathan Ross on stage.

Oct 01 2010 | Read Full Review of London

London Evening Standard

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Time Out New York

There’s a shrewd sense here of the personal and intellectual challenges facing a generation that grew up after Section 28 – perhaps after ‘Queer as Folk’ – with basic battles for legal recognition won but more insidious forms of alienation very much alive.

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Red Online

- 30 minutes from central London by public transport or 15 from Shoreditch and Dalston - Simple and chic interiors - Strong ties with the local community - furniture and breakfast ingredients are bought locally and a book of local writers on each bedside table - Organic bath products - A living r...

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