Christmas in London

These three books will introduce you to parts of the capital you may have overlooked: little-known literary haunts, architectural horrors and the secrets hidden along the banks of the River Thames.

WRITERS’ LONDON

Carrie Kania & Alan Oliver

Many of the world’s greatest writers, past and present, have been inspired by London. Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and Oscar Wilde, visit the city’s bookshops and literary pubs, and discover where the authors lived, loved, lost and are buried.

£15 Paperback with flaps, signed copies available

THE CREEPING PLAGUE OF GHASTLY FACADISM

The Gentle Author

Facadism is supposed to preserve the appearance of old buildings. The problem is that the end result is frequently an elegant shell with a monstrous carbuncle growing out of it, an architectural style that is both hilarious and horrific. In his travels in London the Gentle Author has noticed many of these, photographing the most notorious, and now presents them with an amusing analysis of the trend. You will laugh and wince in equal measure.

£15 An ingenious board cover which allows the book to stand on its own two feet, signed copies available

MUDLARKING: Lost and Found on the River Thames

Lara Maiklem

Lara Maiklem may look like a commuter as she travels in to Cannon Street on the early train but for fifteen years she has been mudlarking, timing her journeys to match the tides of the river. Much of London’s history ends up in the Thames, to be exposed as the tide falls and discovered by mudlarks such as Lara. Memoir, history and practical guide, this book will change your view of the river.

£18.99 Hardback

To order any of these books please email books@hatchards.co.uk, telephone (020 7439 9921) or, better still visit the shop. We are open 12.30 to 6.30 today and look forward to seeing you.

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