London and England

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Peter Ackroyd's Illustrated London (Chatto & Windus, 25 [pounds sterling]) is a welcome supplement to his best-selling volume London: The Biography and contains more than 200 images, including drawings, maps, paintings and modern graphics.

Kenneth Panton's illustrated dictionary, London: A Historical Companion (Tempus, 25 [pounds sterling]), looks at many aspects of London's history, including the people, buildings, and institutions and their effects on London's history over the past millennia.

London from Punk to Blair (Reaktion Books, 19.95 [pounds sterling]) is a compilation of essays examining the order and chaos, the splendour and squalor, the excitement and danger of London, and is recommended to those wishing to explore this most multifaceted of world cities.

Fergus Linnane offers a secret history of 1,000 years of vice and naughtiness, and the social reality behind prostitution, in London: The Wicked City (Robson, 18.95 [pounds sterling]).

Looking at personalities and policies, James Fenton provides a detailed account of the fortunes of one of London's most revered cultural institutions in The Royal Academy of Arts: A History (Royal Academy Press, 35 [pounds sterling].

Alan Crosby tells the remarkable story of the growth, since 1800, of what is often presumed to be a nondescript commuter town in A History of Woking (Phillimore, 20) [pounds sterling]. …