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Everything You Know About London is Wrong

Matt Brown

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849943604

Price: £9.99

Publication date: 14 July 2016

Series: Everything You Know About...

Category: History

A highly entertaining read for anyone with even a passing interest in London’s history. This myth-busting book takes you on a great ride through history and the city’s character. Think that the tower that holds Big Ben is called St Stephen’s Tower? Think again –  it was called the Clock Tower until 2012 when it was renamed the Elizabeth Tower. Think that the Union Flag flying over Buckingham Palace means the Queen is home? Think again – it means that she’s elsewhere, doing other Queenish things.

Packed with details on real London history, it explodes a range of myths from the rumoured burial of Queen Boudica beneath platform 10 at King’s Cross to the lamp on Carting (or ‘Farting’) Lane that runs on gas from the city’s sewers. Myths regarding London’s arts, entertainment, food, drink, kings and queens, traditions as well as politics are all covered, to give you a fascinating insight into the true capital.

ABOUT THE Author

Matt Brown holds degrees in Chemistry (BSc) and Biomolecular Science (MRes). He has served as a scientific editor and writer at both Reed Elsevier and Nature Publishing Group, and has contributed to several previous science books, including Defining Moments in Science (2008, Cassell) and 1001 Inventions That Changed the World (2009, Cassell). He served as the Royal Institution’s quizmaster for several years, and has also put on science quizzes for the Royal Society, Manchester Science Museum, STEMPRA and the Hunterian Museum. He recently gave a lecture about Michael Faraday while rotating around the London Eye. With comedian Helen Keen, he co-hosted a series of successful ‘Spacetacular!’ science-themed stage shows, culminating in a sell-out 2013 show at Leicester Square Theatre. Matt is also the author of London Day and Night (2015, Batsford), as well as forthcoming books Everything You Know About London is Wrong and Everything You Know About England is Wrong (also from Batsford). He also serves as Editor-at-Large of Londonist.com.

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