The British capital is abuzz with the Olympics. As if it wasn't already the centre of the world, London 2012 -- to give the event its contemporary appellation -- looks set to cement Europe's largest city as the world's most sought-after destination.
Today's thriving metropolis began life as a squat Roman colony named Londinium in AD43, and in those intervening 1969 years it has been through many a tumultuous period. London's trials and tribulations however, have made it the profound, prosperous, energetic and diverse place it is today -- which, in turn, has given it a wonderfully varied literary history. Whether its Chaucer's Cantebury Tales, or Henry Mayhew's grim treatise London Labour and the London Poor or the present-day bestseller Capital by John Lancaster, London, to borrow author Will Self's words has "a theatrical persona", it is "anarchy" and is "ungovernable".
A true melting pot of ideas, cultures and innovations, London's long stint as the world's most populous city and as a magnet of itinerants, immigrants, opportunists and refugees, has meant that it's always been a treasure trove of stories, coincidences and serendipitous happenings.
The eight books are timelined to reflect London's ascent from the early first century to present day.
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How does a perfume become legendary? Through the No5 Culture Chanel exhibition, the house with two C’s leads us towards the inspiration and ... More How does a perfume become legendary? Through the No5 Culture Chanel exhibition, the house with two C’s leads us towards the inspiration and artistic friendships of its founder, Gabrielle Chanel, through 200 documents, books and art pieces and nicely correlates them with the birth of the perfume No5. Interview with Jean-Louis Froment, curator of the exhibition.
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