Saturday, August 9, 2008

London Lights : The Minds That Moved the City That Shook the World, 1805-51 by James Hamilton

Like London itself, this is a rather untidy, sprawling book. It grew out of material left over from Hamilton's critically acclaimed biographies of JMW Turner and Michael Faraday, and it's a sort of compendium of loosely connected lives - some obscure or forgotten, but all of them, in some way, helping to create the idea of London as the capital of the world.

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