The Stones of London A History in Twelve Buildings

Leo Hollis

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The story of London, told through twelve of its most seminal buildings.

‘Excellent …this is an imaginative book that finds a convincing new way to tell the story of one of the most written-about cities in the world’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Hollis has a fine eye for architecture, and engagingly describes neo-classical marvels as well as the Labour government’s dockside folly of the Millennium Dome… Hollis is good company’ SPECTATOR

In a sweeping narrative, from its mythic origins to the glittering towers of the contemporary financial capital, THE STONES OF LONDON tells the story of twelve London buildings in a kaleidoscopic and unexpected history of one of the world’s most enigmatic cities.

From the Roman forum to the Gherkin, Regent Street to the East End, the Houses of Parliament to Greenwich Palace, London’s buildings are testament to the richness of its past. Behind the facades of these buildings lie the stories of the people, ideas and events that took place within them and that caused their creation. They all have very human stories, of the men and women who dreamed and lived their lives in London, leaving their imprint upon the fabric of the capital.

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ISBN – 9781474622882
Publisher – Orion Publishing Group, Limite
Format – Paperback
Dimensions – 234mm X 152mm
Categories – Architecture

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