Millions live there, millions more visit each year - but few get to know the stuff that really matters. For example, do you know when Big Ben first bonged - or even who Ben was? Why London's famous river is called the Thames? Which top Nazi was locked up in the Tower of London during World War II? Or what runs through the more than 50 miles of train-size tunnels which run under the city, stretch further than the Channel Tunnel and lie deeper than the Tube - and, no, the answer has got nothing to do with trains.
If you've ever spent time pondering the identity of the London's first celebrity chef, its oldest football club, or the street which is home to more celebrities - alive and dead - than any other in the capital then this is a book for you. From the truth about Handel's ears to tales of hippos roaming around Trafalgar Square, When Did Big Ben First Bong? is a guide like no other to the greatest city on earth.
David Long spent 25 years writing features for national newspapers and editing glossy magazines before turning to books, initially as a ghostwriter. Since then, under his own name, he is the author of many successful non-fiction titles for adults and children. With an engaging historical focus, his books have been well received by readers and reviewers alike and translated into a dozen languages. In 2017 his book Survivors was the Blue Peter Book of the Year. He lives in Suffolk, is the father of two boys, and has made regular appearances in the Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Pe...
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