The House by the Thames
and the People Who Lived There
By (author) Gillian Tindall
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House by the Thames by Gillian Tindall
Book DescriptionJust 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 Globe; 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 air. Rich with anecdote and colour, this fascinating book breathes 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 whole world that we have lost through hundreds of years of London's history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844130948
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gillian Tindall
Tunnel Through Time, Hardback (September 2016)
Visiting Stepney, Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road (alias St-Giles-in-the-Fields) and the route along Oxford Street (alias the Way to Oxford and also Tyburn), this book traces the course of many of these historical journeys across time as well as space.
Three Houses, Many Lives, Paperback (June 2013)
From Eugenia Stanhope who sold Lord Chesterfield's scandalous letters, to the autocratic vicar who held the same parish from age 28 to 82, from the just-literate wife of a parish clerk who wrote riddles in his registers, to the cow-keeper who farmed 226 acres in Hornsey till he sold them profitably when the railways came through.
Fields Beneath, Paperback (February 2011)
A journey through time: from a scattering of cottages along a pre-roman horse track, to a medieval parish and staging post for travellers, onwards into a prosperous Tudor village favoured by gentlemen for their country seats and an 18th century resort of pleasure gardens eventually transformed by a warren of railway lines.
Countries of the Mind, Paperback (March 2010)» View all books by Gillian Tindall
A study that explores the way the great themes of English and French fiction in the past two centuries have been expressed through writers' sense of place. It offers of two complementary cultures, and asks us to take a fresh look at the way in which writers map out and inhabit their own particular countries of the mind.
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Author Biography - Gillian Tindall
Gillian Tindall is well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research. She is a master of miniaturist history, making a particular person or situation stand for a much larger picture. She began her career as a prize-winning novelist and has continued to publish fiction, but she has also staked out a particular territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place. Her The Fields Beneath: the history of one London village, which first appeared almost thirty years ago, has rarely been out of print since; nor has Celestine: voices from a French village, published in the mid-1990s and translated into several languages, for which she was decorated by the French government. Her two most recent books are The Journey of Martin Nadaud ('haunting and moving...impossible not love for its humanity and integrity' The Times) and The Man Who Drew London Wenceslaus Hollar in reality and imagination ('a book that is both elegant and thoughtful' Sunday Telegraph), also published by Pimlico. Gillian Tindell lives with her husband in London, in a house that is old - though not as old as the house by the Thames that forms the centrepiece of her present book.
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