This month I limited myself to just three London book purchases as there are suddenly a drillion new titles out there. First up is ‘Another London’, a wonderful collection of highly evocative photographs taken between 1930 and 1980, largely featuring ‘outsiders’ – street life, ethnic residents, the elderly, the poor, priced £16.99.
Then there’s ‘London Pride’, a photographic record of London’s 10,000 lion statues, £9.99. Surprisingly this isn’t the only book on London’s lions – I have another from the 1950s. There’s a similar volume on London’s flora, which would be useful given that the city is at its greenest in years.
Finally there’s ‘London Style Guide’ at £16.99. Normally I’m loathe to buy guides on eating and shopping because the internet renders them out of date in seconds, and London’s shops are infamously mercurial. However, this has some genuine finds – even though it’s already out of its time. (For example, the two newest spots in King’s Cross are a new pub, The Parcel Yard, and Kiwi restaurant Caravan is Granary Square.) But it does show that private enterprise is returning more independent shops to high streets, which is encouraging.
I’m calling a halt to my London collecting for a while while my wallet recovers.