Gillian Tindall: The House by the Thames And the People Who Lived There

To learn a bit about it but not much She did the same with Celestine it was hardly about her at all Good for research but a dull read As someone who lived near the South Bank of London for a time I found this a really interesting read and a chance to rediscover a place I thought I had memorized forwards and backwards I never would have thought twice about the house next to the Globe And yes the amount of detail and research that must have gone into this book is incredible I d highly recommend to anyone interested in. Be; they have gazed on the Great Fire; they have seen the countrified lanes of London’s marshy south bank give way to a network of wharves workshops and tenements and then seen these too become dust and empty airRich with anecdote and colour this fascinating book breathes.

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London s lesser known South Bank history It s also fascinating to learn that the plaue outside the house is incorrectmakes you think about how much of history is exaggerated or romanticized Not exactly what I d call a page turner but fascinating for me as someone who has come to love the arttheatre hub of modern Southwark If you geek out on intense history of very small neighborhoods this is a book for you It s Bankside at its most interesting If 400 years of history about one small block is eyebrow raising then skip Life into the forgotten inhabitants of the house the prosperous traders; an early film star; even some of London’s numberless poor In so doing it makes them stand for legions of others and for a whole world that we have lost through hundreds of years of London’s histor.

Well researched and fascinating book about the history of the house near the new Shakespeare s Globe and Bankside generally I probably would have given it five stars but I wasn t concentrating properly Actually I only read half of it It turns out GillianTindall was the author who wrote the book about Celestine that I also didn t finish and the story of Martin Nadaud likewise For me her titles aren t reflected in what she writes up to page 66 and still nothing about the house I read on to about page 122 and had started. Just across the River Thames from St Paul’s Cathedral stands an old and elegant house Over the course of almost 450 years the dwelling on this site has witnessed many changes From its windows people have watched the ferrymen carry Londoners to and from Shakespeare’s Glo.

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Gillian Tindall began her career as a prize winning novelist She has continued to publish fiction but has also staked out an impressive territory in idiosyncratic non fiction that is brilliantly evocative of placeHer The Fields Beneath The History of One London Village which first appeared thirty years ago has rarely been out of print; nor has Celestine Voices from a French Village published