London Books For 2010

London, Reading & Writing

So many books, such a short life. How to read them? How to lift them? Here are three great London books worthy of your pocket money. ‘London – The Authobiography’ is the story of the city told through the words of its residents. ‘London In 3D’ has a built-in stereoscopic viewer to look at old views of the capital. And the third edition of the London Encyclopedia (I’ve worn out the last one) is the biggest, best and most beautiful yet. I almost feel guilty for recommending these – like my readers don’t have enough books in their lives already!

5 comments on “London Books For 2010”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    With regard to London in 3D: how many views will there be? I have found the listing in rupees for India and at Cdn$16.49 on Chapters for Canada, but the release date is 15 July 2010. I assume you have a prepublication copy, Chris.

  2. I.A.M. says:

    Amazon UK says that it was published by “Voyageur Press Inc. (1 Oct 2009)”. Oddly, there’s a New York City in 3D published the same date, which one would think would be of more interest in the USA, but the UK got it first.

    So, yet again, the cool things are available to the English first, then the Welsh, then us Colonials.

  3. admin says:

    I bought it in my local shop, actually. It’s US-produced because there are American spellings of the London sights, but it’s a fun book.

  4. Steve says:

    This has absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand. I just wanted to say that, the following being the case, I’m glad we don’t do crackers at Christmas over here. The paper hats are quaint, but I can live without them as math makes me queasy:

    When pulled, a cracker will always rip at a weak point connecting the reinforced barrel section to the tails, the store added.

    By pulling backwards and down at the same time, it is possible to concentrate the force across the top face of the opponent’s line of likely failure.

    The cracker should be gripped about an inch from the end of the tail closest to the barrel. The tail should be kept in line with the barrel as it is pulled backwards and downwards, with an even force.

    For the serious puller, the store has worked out a mathematical formula: O = 11xC/L + 5xQ, where O is the optimum downward angle for pulling the cracker.

    C stands for the circumference of the barrel, L is the barrel’s length and Q is the quality of the cracker — pricier versions are often made from stronger material which will increase the optimum angle of pull.

    Q has a value of one, two or three depending on whether the cracker is cheap, standard or expensive.

    Debenhams said the formula should produce a two-digit figure between 20 and 55 degrees, which is the optimum pulling angle below the horizontal.

  5. Helen Martin says:

    It’s a joke, right? The only problem with crackers is whether or not they will “crack”, as I’ve had some where they just came apart with no pop at all. They must have been of the cheap variety. The one thing I do know for sure is that you must hold onto the cardboard strip that ignites the pop as the two halves are pulled past each other.
    I do want to know about the stereo views in that London book, though. (There are companion books for a number of other cities as well.)

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