Night Walking: A Nocturnal History of London


Matthew Beaumont recounts an alternative history of London - populated by the poor, the mad, the lost, the vagrant and the noctambulant. He shines a light on the shadowy perambulations of poets, novelists and thinkers: Chaucer and Shakespeare; William Blake and his ecstatic peregrinations and the feverish ramblings of opium addict Thomas De Quincey; and, among the lamp-lit literary throng, the supreme nightwalker Charles Dickens.

'Clever, fascinating' Spectator

'A lively and learned study' Guardian

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