London Perceived

by V.S. Pritchett

London Perceived
  • London Perceived
  • Author: V.S. Pritchett
  • ISBN: 9781907970894
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: November 2016
  • Also available as an eBook
  • eISBN: 9781907970900

London Perceived

by V.S. Pritchett

Price: £10.99

In unfailingly elegant prose, V. S. Pritchett provides a timeless distillation of the city of London and  the London experience. He shows us the capital through the centuries – a panorama of history, art, and literature; a paradox of grandeur and grime, the bustling markets and tranquil parks, the palac­es and pubs.

At the heart of the book is an astute and affectionate portrait of the Lon­doner – enigmatic and enduring, with a remote but insistent respect for law, royalty, and ritual, a love of argument, a tolerance of eccentrics. Pritchett gives us famous Londoners – Wren, Pepys, Dickens – and the ordinary folk – milkmen and shopkeepers,  Chelsea pensioners, and the London bobby.

London Perceived tells the surprising story of this great and his­toric city – Londoners will see their home anew, and visitors appreciate its small wonders. A loving tribute to London past and present.

‘He is alarmingly good . . . Pritchett’s essays are marvels.’ – James Wood

‘A splendid book.’ – New York Times