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Colours of London: A History

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I came to think of these chapters, each devoted to a different hue, as a kind of stroll through history paying attention to specific qualities. The next chapter was another stroll but with different qualities under examination. This is quite an enjoyable read as well as an attractive book to simply look through. Combined, it makes for a wonderful experience. The book is divided into chapters, many with titles related to colour. Green, Blue, Red, Gold and so on. Other titles are more indirectly related, for example Light, Fire, Night.

The cookie is set by CasaleMedia. The cookie is used to collect information about the usage behavior for targeted advertising. The book does not intend to be a fully integrated or comprehensive story of London. The Author has covered this in his previous writings. What we are presented with in this book are somewhat related chapters, each telling a couple of London stories, with illustrations, loosely related to colour or some other aspect of visual imagery. I find the book a success, capturing all the major events and issues since the mid 19th century, showing these event in colour images, providing context & meaning and mentioning changes over the years. I think anyone who has an interest in the history of London and indeed the London of today, will enjoy this book. For those fortunate enough to live in or visit London, I think the sights, sounds and views will be more meaningful, rewarding and interesting having read this book.

My Review: Gifting the Anglophile on your list is always a doddle, right? "Something about England!" the generous, but innocent, gifter thinks. "This will be a snap!" Of course, not everything about London is sunshine and daises, fun and games. We do see the challenges and hardships represented here, just as much as the city's glories--as we should. (And oh, reading about Queen Elizabeth's coronation just weeks after her passing... #feels) Even the weather comes up; inevitable, just like one cannot talk about the Pacific Northwest without talking about rain--or mist (ask me how I know :D). And yet, I felt at home in that section--not just because it was covered under my favorite color, blue, but because the PNW and England share many a common weather; the two are not so different there. The purpose of this cookie is targeting and marketing.The domain of this cookie is related with a company called Bombora in USA.

As interesting and erudite as this might get, it really seemed a most unusual concept on which to hang a whole book. A love letter to England’s capital, it seemed to suggest a uniqueness about London’s colours that never applies anywhere else – that London is alone in having a light that changes whether you’re looking north or south, or whether the sun is in the east or west. London then is unique in having a neon smudge above it at night – try flying over India, where any metropolis has a smudge of glowing gunk reaching from the ground to space.Print and homeware range designed by Dorothy for Tate Galleries and available to buy exclusively from Tate London gallery store and Tate Online.

This cookie, set by PubMatic, is used to build a profile of user interests and to show relevant ads. This domain of this cookie is owned by agkn. The cookie is used for targeting and advertising purposes. I am grateful to NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.An entire chapter is dedicated to “The Night” which chronicles the illumination of after dark London from the early 1890s when electric signs were introduced to Piccadilly Circus as London moved from gas to electric lighting, bathing the streets and buildings in a colour and light all of its own. MediaMath uses this cookie to synchronize the visitor ID with a limited number of trusted exchanges and data partners. This cookie is used to recognize the visitor upon re-entry. This cookie allows to collect information on user behaviour and allows sharing function provided by Addthis.com

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