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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 is author of 11 books for Batsford, including eight titles in the popular Everything You Know... series of mythbusting books. He has served as editor and editor-at-large of Londonist.com for many years, writing on topics as diverse as street art, politics, map-making and science. With a deep love of trivia, he’s written and hosted hundreds of quizzes, including events for the Museum of London, London Eye, Royal Institution, Royal Society and Manchester Science Museum, among many others. All of his books use humour and playfulness as tools to explore the world. He is tweeting at @mattfromlondon.

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