Quirky, interesting book full of photos of the burial monuments of the famous, not-so-famous, and infamous permanent residents of London. Includes short and entertaining biographies.
From the tombs of royalty to the Great Plague Pit in Bunhill Fields, Culbertson and Randall invite readers to visit London grave sites in the latest in their popular series of cemetery guides ( Permanent Parisians , LJ 6/15/86; Permanent New Yorkers , LJ 10/15/87). The authors provide a nice mix of architecture and history, as they describe the markers and give capsule biographies of those with more spectacular lives and/or deaths. Four chapters are devoted to Westminster Abbey, a must stop for any tourist, but the guide covers less familiar ground as well. In addition to visits to the graves of historical figures, sites of recently deceased contemporary greats such as actors Sir Laurence Olivier and Peter Sellers, cellist Jacqueline duPre, and conductor Leopold Stokowski are included. Directions to each site via tube, train, bus, and occasionally car are given at the end of each chapter.