London Lies Beneath

In August 1912, three friends set out on an adventure Two of them come home.Tom, Jimmy and Itzhak have grown up together in the crowded slums of Walworth They are used to narrow streets, the bustle of East Lane market, extended families weaving in and out of each other s lives All three boys are expected to follow their father s trades and stay close to home But Tom haIn August 1912, three friends set out on an adventure Two of them come home.Tom, Jimmy and Itzhak have grown up together in the crowded slums of Walworth They are used to narrow streets, the bustle of East Lane market, extended families weaving in and out of each other s lives All three boys are expected to follow their father s trades and stay close to home But Tom has wider dreams So when he hears of a scouting trip, sailing from Waterloo to Sheppey and the mouth of the Thames he is determined to go And Itzhak and Jimmy go with him.Inspired by real events, this is the story of three friends, and a tragedy that will change them for ever It is also a song of south London, of working class families with hidden histories, of a bright and complex world long neglected London Lies Beneath is a powerful and compelling novel, rich with life and full of wisdom.
London Lies Beneath In August three friends set out on an adventure Two of them come home Tom Jimmy and Itzhak have grown up together in the crowded slums of Walworth They are used to narrow streets the bustle of

  • Title: London Lies Beneath
  • Author: Stella Duffy
  • ISBN: 9780349007847
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “London Lies Beneath”

    1. Wow. This was a truly beautiful book and I enjoyed every word.The story is set in 1912 and tells of three young boys living in the slums in South London. They join a local Scout troop and beg their parents to allow them to go on a Scout camp which leads to tragedy. The book is based on a true story which makes it all the more powerful.A brilliant read which tells of adventure, friendship, maternal love and loss with a historical background of London just before the First World War. I would highl [...]

    2. A lovely poetic and evocative novel bringing to life a forgotten tragedy, with the added charm of being mostly set very near where I live.

    3. A quick disclaimer – I won an arc of this in a giveaway, but that has no influence on my review and all opinions are my own!Weirdly, I ended up enjoying this book about as much as I expected, although for different reasons than anticipated. I expected this to be quite an adventurous tale set against a gritty historical backdrop. Instead I got a rather simple yet tender story, without much action at all (to the point that it did lose me for a little while about a third of the way through), but [...]

    4. I read around a third of this, but it simply failed to grip me. I felt as though Duffy was trying to do too much with too many characters, rather than focusing upon the three boys who should be the pivotal point of this true story. Not for me.

    5. On my bookshelves, amongst the traditionally-sorted-by-author rows, there have always been any number of 'virtual classifications, unknown to anyone but me. There's 'quite good mysteries set in all-female closed communities'; 'lesbian coming-of-age novels'; 'pretty awful novels that have a residual sentimental value'. And, of course, the beauty of virtual shelving is any book can, simultaneously, sit on any number of shelves There's a large, virtual shelf called 'London Novels'. Inclusion on thi [...]

    6. This is one of those novels that grows on you as you read it. At first I found it almost run of the mill, but as I carried on it became a book that 20 or 30 pages at a sitting weren't quite enough. The story is mostly set in east London, the year is 1912, and concerns several families who are linked by the friendship of their young sons. The mothers, fathers and the sons are the main focus of the book, carrying on with their lives, for the most part scraping by for a living. One of the boys, Tom [...]

    7. Inspired by real events, this is the story of three friends, and a tragedy that will change them forever. Set in the working class streets of Walworth South London in the early 1900s the book concentrates on Tom, Jimmy, Itzhak and their families. If you’re familiar with London and in particular the Walworth area this book is so much more than a story of friendship, it is a story of south London, a history of the streets and the families that made it such a complex place. Despite progression ov [...]

    8. I received this book from Hachette publishers in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion on the book.I really wanted to love this book getting into it. I had imaginations of wild adventures that were dashing and fun and characters that I were ready to love and hold close in my heart. Unfortunately, my expectations were not fulfilled and I found myself vastly disappointed with the result.While I didn’t find myself hating this book, I didn’t find anything that I q [...]

    9. A well written, accessible and engaging book with a lot of atmosphere and characters the reader cares about. The London of the early 20th Century is conjured up with its apparently well-established pearly king cockneys, who in fact we discover were until recently country people or refugees. We get the interactions and background stories of these families living cheek by jowl and from hand to mouth dealing with life and death and everything in between some further up the pecking order than others [...]

    10. It's a simple, sad story, made even more poignant when you realise it's based on true events. I found it a little slow and repetitive in parts, but I like Stella Duffy as an author and this was a good easy read. It is very sad though. Not one to read of you're suffering from a bereavement.I have to admit to not really connecting with it until I knew it was based in real events. Something was lacking, possibly sketchy characters, or an overly romantic view of working class lives in South LondonI' [...]

    11. Wavering between a 3 and a 4 star for this book. I found the first third heavy going, trying to work out which boy was which in their individual story. But from the moment they joined the scouts and started planning the trip down the Thames - ouch! As the mother of a young boy who tends to let her child roam, this story hit hard. And that was before I realised it was based on a true story, which I only picked up after reading about the memorial at the end. Tragic, and the anticipation of waiting [...]

    12. Poignant, interesting, although it is very obvious from the off where the story is heading, so you read on knowing that death and heartbreak loom, just not knowing for whom. There is a sweet theme running through the story about superstition and relics or curios to ward off evil. This theme introduces us to the most interesting character in the story, Edward Lovett. The depiction of raw grief is gripping, but parts of the book are too fast-paced and out of sync with the emotions being described. [...]

    13. I was not expecting this story to be told in the beautiful, deeply engrossing, and enriching way that it unfolded. London Lies Beneath is a subtle love story to South London and the people who lived there and made it what it was at the turn of the 20th Century.

    14. I received a free copy of this book via Giveaway.I really liked the way this is written and also the themes about London and Londoners. The story didn't grip me as much as I initially thought it would, but by the time I read to the last page, I had decided I would give it four stars rather than three. Mostly because the last page is so poetic and beautiful (but tragic) and tied everything together so wonderfully. I hadn't read any descriptions/reviews of the novel before reading it and I had no [...]

    15. Really well written and evocative of the lives of the people in the story. I thought the real life events it was based on were sensitively handled.

    16. Beautifully written, well researched and very evocative of the period. Inspired by a real tragedy; this one stays with you.

    17. Based on true events at the beginning of the 20th century, this novel captures the thoughts and lives of ordinary working class South Londoners in a lyrical and highly observant way. The focus is more on the people than the story, which makes it slow-paced at times, but the way Stella Duffy uses language in her writing completely immerses the reader into the lives, histories and motivations of her characters. There are varying viewpoints and switches from the third person to first person narrati [...]

    18. An interesting story especially when the story had a turn, the boys drowning . A story based on fact expressing the feelings of the families.

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