‘Real Bloomsbury’

Published 15th November 2010 by Nicholas Murray.

“His (Murray) amiably informative and well-illustrated book is the ideal companion to any tour.” 
The Independent

Birthplace of Christian Socialism. Site of the British Museum, University College, RADA, the Friends House, the BMA, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Bloomsbury is crammed with history and with contemporary decision-making. But there is also working class Bloomsbury and, now, Bengali Bloomsbury in the east.

Biographer and novelist Nicholas Murray walks this crowded square mile or so, among the locals, the students, the tourists, alone or in the company of local characters, to give Bloomsbury the ‘Real’ series treatment of history, memoir, ‘psychogeography’ and oblique approaches to the familiar. His entertaining and informative text is accompanied by equally oblique images, the sort you won’t find in either tourist guides or regular history books. All of which present Bloomsbury as it’s never been portrayed before: intimate, contemporary, exploratory and occasionally downright strange.

‘Real’ Series Editor: Peter Finch


One thought on “‘Real Bloomsbury’

  1. There are some great literary walks around Bloomsbury. I did one last year and loved what I discovered. From the pavement where TS Eliot’s wife stalked up and down in a sandwich board protesting at her husband’s neglect, to the street corner where the brainwave that paved the way for nuclear fission took place, it’s amazing to think that a small cluster of streets could have played host to so many momentous events

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