GUIDE TO LONDON
MARTIN FIDO lives in the
same Stoke Newington tower block that
housed the Krays in the '60s. Perhaps
this started the idea for the book. It
features thorough indexing (names and
locations) and easy to follow maps
pinpointing sites of famous and less
famous (often more interesting because of
their prior lack of publicity) toppings.
curious, armed with this and an A-Z, can
now comb the city impressing foreign
visitors with observations such as:
"Haigh dissolved one here ...
Christie hid one there ... Ruth Ellis
snuffed her beau on this spot. . . 'Jack
The Ripper' lurked in this area",
before rounding off a memorable day in
one of London's finer cemeteries.
also a book about changing London. From
17th-century lethal 'buttock and twang'
partnerships in Clerkenwell Fields and
the maid hanged in 1815 for serving
suspicious dumplings, to organised crime
and the most recent terrorist hits, Fido
charts the shifting history and social
make-up of the metropolis which lifts the
whole exercise beyond the bounds of the
it is compulsive and a pleasure and an
insight into the city which may not have
the most murders in the world but does
have some of the most interesting.