I first came across Dr.Green’s book London: A Travel Guide Through Time last year when I was spending a lot of time in London. I was not entirely sure what to expect from the book, but reviews boasted that this was a great book when considering the history of London. When I bought the book, I was not sure what to expect. I was not aware whether it had fictional characters and a completely fictional story, or whether it was more like a textbook. What I found upon reading the book though was a slight mixture. Dr.Green’s work takes you through six time periods of time, using you, the reader, as the central character who is navigating through these worlds. As a result, you learn the ins and outs of these different London worlds, through your own eyes – so to speak.
Although this, A Travel Guide Through Time, has a lot of history and a lot of information in its pages I do not feel like I was bombarded with content. Because of this I found myself thoroughly enjoying Dr.Green’s book. Each era that Green delves into is extremely descriptive and informative which allows you, as a reader, to truly feel as though you are on this journey travelling through London. Alongside this though, I really liked how Green would continuously reference London as it is in the present day, and how we would recognise it today. This I loved as it allowed me to have things to compare to, to create a full image of what Green was describing to me in my own head.
My only complaint when it came to the reading of A Travel Guide Through Time was that Green did not use a chronological order when exploring the different eras. For example, the first few section of the book go from 1603 to 1390 then all the way back to 1665. This may not be an issue for some readers, but for me I found that this approach made following the changes between eras a little more difficult. This is because the portrayal of London goes in and out between how developed it was becoming as time continued. Rather than either going back in time one step at a time, or moving forward to the present day one era at a time, which I would have preferred. As I feel this would have been far more effective in understanding how London has progressed through time, to the 21st century London we know today.
If you are looking for a more informative read, full of real life knowledge and a bit of an adventure then this book is worth a read. I read Dr.Green’s London: A Travel Guide Through Time over an extended period of time, simply because I wanted the information to soak in, rather than skim over everything that was being told to me. Though you may have a different experience, and find your way to the end of this adventure in a matter of days.