In search of London

by H. V. Morton

Hardcover, 1951

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Available

Publication

New York, Dodd, Mead [1951]

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LibraryThing member John_Vaughan
Whenever I (re)read anything by Morton I am always astounded – and thoroughly enjoy – his scholarship. And his casual, amazing access to people and places that most of the rest of us are disbarred from, by reason of upbringing (class?) and security. An early broadcaster with the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) and newspaper editor and journalist Morton became one of the most published and celebrated of the English ”travel writers”, writing books and broadcasting pieces that were perhaps most popularly reflected in his series on the lands and characters from the Christian religion ( In the Steps of The Master, … of Saint Paul, Lands of the Bible). Whilst I have read none of those I seemed to have acquired most of his other series; the In Search of.. and enjoyed the reading and rereading of these travels, wanderings and historical musings on London, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy and his ardent love affair with Ireland.
He can, in just one paragraph, combine references to the architecture of Rome, the divergent and contentious religions, the monarchy and the generosity of ordinary people from history … all before the ease of the internet research of our time.
In his apparently casual (and therefore deceptive) strolling around his usual daily haunts of London he brings the historical character of this great city alive for our enjoyment. A book to be carried in the travel bag, referenced before a visit and read with deeper understanding after, this affectionate work is a treasure.
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LibraryThing member imyril
Fascinating glimpse of a vanishing London, detailing the history and the post-war state of the bomb-ravaged capital. Beautifully written, endlessly erudite, and full of interesting nuggets for even a long-time resident of the city. An excellent read.

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