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​The Contemporary Tree Sheep Reviews – Sounds & Furies: The Love Hate Relationship Between Women and Slang by Jonathon Green, published Robinson, 2019​
By Tim / 27/11/2019

It was with genuine pleasure that we received an invitation to the launch of Jonathon Green’s latest book on slang, ‘Sounds and Furies’. Green has been working in this field for over 40 years, and there can be few people with his depth of knowledge.

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Tasting Notes from the Ocean Liner Diner
By Pinda Bryars / 27/11/2019

Two of our interests combine on this 1937 lunch menu: liner dining and pictorial maps. It was used by diners on the RMS Queen Mary, and its cover features Macdonald Gill’s art deco map of the north Atlantic.

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How to See the Sea
By Tim / 31/10/2019

From our How To Read Maps series: we look at depictions of the sea.

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A Visit to Surrey Quays
By Tim / 31/10/2019

This set of maps of the Surrey Commercial Docks was published in May 1905. Most of the Surrey Docks have been filled and redeveloped for housing, but the southwestern corner of Greenland Dock still exists, so I thought I’d get the Thames Clipper to Surrey Quays and take the map home.

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London Bridge and its Houses c. 1209-1761 by Dorian Gerhold, published by The London Topographical Society, 2019
By Tim / 31/10/2019

This year’s book from the London Topographical Society captures ‘the audacity of laying a ribbon of stone across such a powerful river’ – and then building on it

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Scholarly Scares: A Jamesian Salute
By Tim / 31/10/2019

Our friend and supernatural seasonal customer The Literate Pumpkin recommends some Hallowe’en reading.

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Isaac Newton And The Buy-6-get-1-free Offer
By Tim / 30/09/2019

An Interesting Book With An Interesting Pedigree My enthusiasm for poring over lists of subscribers is probably almost as great as that of the original subscribers themselves. I am currently pondering what prompted Sir Isaac Newton to splash out on six copies of  Richard Bradley’s ‘A philosophical account of the works of nature’, published by…

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What A Relief! From Caterpillars to Contour Lines.
By Tim / 30/09/2019

From our How To Read Maps series: how mapmakers draw hills and mountains.

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Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames, by Lara Maiklem (Bloomsbury, 2019)
By Tim / 30/09/2019

This is a delightful book, its narrative flowing with the tidal reaches of the Thames from Teddington all the way east to Tilbury, right out on the Estuary.

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A Magnificent 1 out of 7
By Tim / 30/09/2019

We have a plan to visit all of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ – the seven vast cemeteries laid out in the years on either side of 1840, around what was then the periphery of the city.

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