London's Dead, A Guided Tour of the Capital's Dead, by Ed Glinert
Published by Collins in 2008, 309 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3339)
Brand New Book
This fascinating book unearths some of the capital's most gruesome stories and offers detailed compendium of facts about London's dead, ranging from famous and infamous people to unsung heroes and victims, well-known resting places to undignified graves, and a fascinating variety of sticky ends.
'During the Gordon Riots of 1780 the London mob stormed Langdale's Distillery in Holborn. As the raw spirit caught fire, a pillar of flame reached up to the sky, hot gin ran down the road and locals began to gorge themselves, screaming from the internal burns and keeling over dead drunk, or simply dead.'
This book provides details of the finest Victorian graveyards and the most horrific crimes committed in its ancient streets. Here are the deaths of politicians and comedians, royals and spies, peasants and highwaymen. There are tragic deaths, accidental deaths, hoax deaths, pre-planned deaths, death while dancing, death from laughing. There is death by hanging, death by knifing, death by drinking, death by drowning, death by disease, death by explosion, death by poisoning, death by strangulation. The book explores the city's many and varied final resting places: cemeteries, graveyards, churchyards - as well as less official burial sites, from holes in the ground to concrete flyovers, giving us the full story of London and its dead.