A masterpiece of miniaturist, social history. By closely examining the history of one house, Gillian Tindall tells the story of Southwark and the south bank, the river Thames and indeed of London itself.
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 books include The Fields Beneath- The History of One London Village; Celestine- Voices from a French Village; The Journey of Martin Nadaud; and The Man Who Drew London- Wenceslaus Hollar in Reality and Imagination (also published by Pimlico).
Mesmeric... This book is not just for London enthusiasts. Tindall
has demonstrated a genius for a certain kind of social history
that, in shining a light on one small place, illuminated a huge
amount around... A rare instance of a history book that, in its
optimism about the indomitable spirit of the place, raises the
hairs on the back of your neck. -- Sinclair McKay * Sunday
Fascinating... Gillian Tindall brilliantly deploys contemporary observations to bring the centuries alive. -- Christopher Howse * Tablet *
Delightful... Tindall's story is truthful and unexaggerated, combining elegantly elegiac prose with imaginative empathy and descriptive power. -- Jessica Mann * Literary Review *