Monday, 10 February 2014

Review: 'Cross River Traffic' by Chris Roberts

Cross River Traffic: A History of London's Bridges by Chris Roberts, 2005, Granta Books, $27.00, hardbound, 196 pages. Category/Genre: history. Cover: quite nice. Where we got it: prezzie. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble. 

Central London has seventeen bridges crossing the Thames. This book explores the history of the current bridges and that of the bridges that came before them. It also examines why these crossings are situated where they are, as well as looking at the effects the bridges have on the communities involved. 

Black-and-white photographs by a variety of London-based photographers punctuate the book, which includes lots of intriguing stories. Here you will find tales of suicides, terrorist plots, ghost stories, and of course, sex. 

There are appendices, which contain extra information relating to the Thames and the builders of the bridges. 

This book was written by someone with a true love of London and its history. If you want a book that takes a look at a part of London that is usually ignored, you'll want to try this one. 

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