Hatchards – 12 bookshops for 12 months – January

As blue Monday is not yet upon us I still managed to stick to at least one of my resolutions - last Sunday I started my 12 bookshops for 12 months tour of London bookshops, as Hatchards (booksellers since 1797). The day was unbelievably sunny, blue skies and not a single cloud, but also really …

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London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd – Quotes

Drunkenness was general, and there are continual references to citizens falling from their solars to the ground, falling down steps into the Thames, falling off ladders. London is not a civilised nor a graceful city, despite the testimony of the maps. It is tortuous, inexact and oppressive. It could never be laid out again with …

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This is London: Life and Death in the World City – Ben Judah

It  was probably one of the last books I bought on my Kindle before the book buying ban and also the last one in my recent non-fiction reading spree. Now I moved on to fiction, again hoping to find something more uplifting, I had the same hopes for non-fiction earlier and no such luck - …

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Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World – Wade Graham

My dear mum is on a mission to keep me in touch with my education (art history, with focus on architecture) despite me working in financial data ever since I actually started working. She also knows that the best gift for me is a book, so I get from her a steady supply of beautifully …

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