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UK £12.95
US $22.95
CAN $24.95
96 pages
210 illustrations
19.6 x 17.6 cm (7.75 x 6.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4573-6
An Alphabet of London

Christopher Brown

Foreword by Jasper Conran

London is the only city in the world where you could ever find Gilbert and George sharing space with the Gherkin and the Globe while the Great Fire burns and a gin drinker glugs her favourite tipple, and where a burlesque dancer hails a black cab while barrage balloons hover over Broadcasting House during the Blitz. In An Alphabet of London, Christopher Brown presents a series of wonderfully whimsical linocuts illustrating every aspect of London past and present, including personalities, buildings, monuments, legends, historic events and other metropolitan icons. From Dickens, Dr Johnson, Tower Bridge and the Shard to the Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon, pigeons and jellied eels, all London life is here. A born-and-bred Londoner, Brown recounts his own memories of growing up in the capital, and also describes how he creates his distinctive prints. His unique, often humorous take on London will delight anyone who lives in or visits the city.


A superbly entertaining A–Z of London, with delightful illustrations by artist Christopher Brown

Includes reminiscences of a London childhood by the artist, and also insights into the creation of his charming linocuts

An irresistible gift book for all lovers of one of the greatest cities in the world

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Author Profiles

Christopher Brown studied at the Royal College of Art and later worked for the artist Edward Bawden. He has exhibited his prints around the United Kingdom.

Jasper Conran is an authority on British style and one of the United Kingdom’s leading fashion designers, with a successful career spanning more than thirty years. He has applied his signature irreverent but classically British elegance to clothing, fragrance, eyewear, interiors and homewares. In 2008 he was appointed OBE for services to the retail industry.

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Charmingly illustrated

The Times

The execution is superb ... the choice of subjects is perfectly pitched. We'd file this one under A for Awesome


Beautifully designed ... delightfully eclectic

We Love This Book

A special little book ... An alphabetic journey full of visual gems


A skilful, movingly personal history of [London's] exuberant, endless creativity

World of Interiors

Charming and nostalgic ... [a] little bundle of joy

Atticus and Finch

Witty [and] charismatic

Spitalfields Life

A perfect gift

A Glimpse of London

Merrell has done it again

Whom You Know Blog

Perfect for a proud Londoner's coffee table

Time Out blog

Playful prints that tell the story of a London you haven't yet discovered

Llustre blog

Eccentric, sophisticated, ironic, beautiful

Flair magazine

Irresistible … all London life is here … superbly entertaining

Livin Cool blog

Delightfully quirky … a perfect present for anyone who loves London

London Topographical Society

Quirky [and] fascinating … A lovely keepsake and … an ideal gift

Fishink blog
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