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Capital Crimes:Seven Centuries of London Life and Murder

Author
Max Decharne
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Fans of crime and London are in for a treat with this 400 page epic which brings to life the capital's murderers from medieval times.

From the foul-stenched, cramped medieval streets to the respectable suburbs of Finchley, Decharne transports the reader back in time and place so that you can almost breath in the atmosphere.

Charting seven centuries of murderous mayhem, Decharne takes in the wealthiest in society but also the poorest revolting peasants who ran amok through London in support of Wat Tyler in 1381.

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The Knife That Killed Me

Author
Anthony McGowan
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Anthony McGowan has tackle a subject that I think is the bain of many cities around the world but also on the streets of London and the whole of the UK.

Reading this book was not easy and it does have a warning on the back cover- 'stating not suitable for younger readers' - and I must ask parents to be aware of the theme that this book plays out and the destruction that destroys communities when gangs build up around schools and towns.

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Joe Rat

Author
Mark Barratt
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This is a brilliant book for young people to read about times gone by in London, around the markets and the River Thames.

I found this book very humbling when we think of how young people today seem to get everything that they want, and yet this story tells the otherside of life.  The life of lads who had to search in all the foulest places just to gain a penny or two to be able to eat and sleep in a dry place.

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Red Tape and White Knuckles

Author
Lois Pryce
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Lois Pryce has done it again a wonderful travel novel of her trip from london right down through Africa from top to bottom.

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The Stuff of Nightmares

Author
Malorie Blackman
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Malorie Blackman's The Stuff of Nightmares had me wondering what an earth could happen next!   She has captured the story of a school boy Kyle's fear of what might happen in the future to him and his school mates when they go on a school trip, and unfortunately or possible fortunately they are in the second carriage and not the first when they are in a massive train accident.

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