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London Under (Digital Audiobook)

The Secret History Beneath the Streets

By Peter Ackroyd, Matthew Waterson (Narrator)

Publication Date: April 27, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (11/13/2012)
MP3 CD (4/28/2020)
Compact Disc (4/28/2020)
Hardcover (5/2/2011)
Hardcover (11/1/2011)


In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.

There is a Bronze Age trackway below the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves rest under St. Pauls, and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. To go under London is to penetrate history, and Ackroyd's book is filled with the stories unique to this underworld: the hydraulic device used to lower bodies into the catacombs in Kensal Green cemetery; the door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge that leads to a huge tunnel packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone; the sulphurous fumes on the Underground's Metropolitan Line.

Highly imaginative and delightfully entertaining, London Under is Ackroyd at his best.

About the Author

Matthew Waterson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Britain. After finishing his BA at Tufts University in Boston, graduate study at LAMDA in London, and eight years in New York, he returned to LA. He has been fortunate enough to narrate books on subjects as varied as the history of South Africa, the current state of FIFA, and mysteries and dramas. He can also be heard on many video games, the Netflix series Trollhunters, and on the radio for companies such as Twinings Tea and Frank's Red Hot Sauce.