Ed Glinert unearths some of the capital's most gruesome stories as he brings together this compendium of facts about London's dead. From famous and infamous people to unsung heroes and victims, well-known resting places to undignified graves, and a fascinating variety of sticky ends. 'During the Gordon Riots of 1780 the London mob stormed Langdale's Distillery in Holborn. As the raw spirit caught fire, a pillar of flame reached up to the sky, hot gin ran down the road and locals began to gorge themselves, screaming from the internal burns and keeling over dead drunk, or simply dead.' London's Dead unearths some of the capital's most gruesome and intriguing stories: from the serene order of the capital's finest Victorian graveyards to the most horrific crimes committed in its ancient streets. Here are the deaths of politicians and comedians, royals and spies, peasants and highwaymen. There are tragic deaths, accidental deaths, hoax deaths, pre-planned deaths, death while dancing, death from laughing. There is death by hanging, death by knifing, death by drinking, death by drowning, death by disease, death by explosion, death by poisoning, death by strangulation.Ed Glinert explores the city's many and varied final resting places: cemeteries, graveyards, churchyards -- and less official burial sites, from holes in the ground to concrete flyovers -- giving us the full story of London and its dead.
Ed Glinert was born in Dalston, London. He is the author of The London Compendium, Literary London and East End Chronicles, as well as editing the Sherlock Holmes stories and the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan for Penguin Classics. Ed leads a variety of walks for a major London walking tours company.
Ed Glinert has a fantastic knowledge of London lore and legend. He's the author of London: Exploring the Hidden Metropolis and A Literary Guide to London -- described as a 'mine of information!' He writes the London column in Time Out magazine He has worked for satirical magazine Private Eye. He has also worked for the Radio Times and Mojo, and co-wrote Fodor's Rock 'n' roll Traveler USA and Rock 'n' roll Traveler USA Great Britain and Ireland.