‘London is a giant kaleidoscope, which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you’re lost.’
Robert Elms has seen his beloved city change beyond all imagining. London in his lifetime has morphed from a piratical, bomb-scarred playground, to a swish cosmopolitan metropolis. Motorways driven through lost communities, accents changing, skyscrapers appearing. Yet still it remains to him the greatest place on earth.
Elms takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons. He is our guide through a place that has seen scientific experiments conducted in subterranean lairs and a small community declare itself an independent nation; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms’ home over a century ago and a city that has borne witness to world-changing events.
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What a great book! If, like me, you are of similar age to Robert you will marvel at the memories this book evokes. Things forgotten and times remembered. A fantastic (Rob’s favourite word!) history of our great city. The music, the streets, the childhood games, the people, the sheer pulsating and vibrant colours of a magical place. Whether you started life here in the black and white years or entered at a more recent time you will love this book. A great radio man and a great writer to boot. A Londoner to his very core! Read it!!!