• by Colin Brown
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No other street in Britain contains more landmarks to our island’s history than Whitehall. Here, we visit what was the most notorious address in London when Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb conducted their very public and tempestuous love affair; the Admiralty, where Nelson received his orders to attack the French; and fragments of the tennis courts where Anne Boleyn watched Henry VIII playing tennis. We witness documents that show how Churchill, in 1940, prepared for street fighting in Whitehall’s departments. Whitehall tells the story of our island race, its empire, its conquests and its decline, encapsulated in one small corner of the capital.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator John Telfer’s British heritage suits the history’s large lexicon, and his theatrical cadence makes it sound Shakespearean." (AudioFile)


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very good (if you use computer to find pics)

This book will be of interest to anyone living or working in London, or tourists with a serious interest in history, art and architecture. It is full of anecdotes about the various characters who frequented Whitehall from Wolsey to present day politicians and it held my interest throughout. But I don't think I would have finished the book if I hadn't had a computer nearby all the time so I could find illustrations or photographs of the buildings. It's really hard to visualise the rabbit warren of rooms in the Tudor establishment and the changes which were made to them. Same for discussion of sculptures and architectural changes over the years. Frustrating, too, that so much of what the author writes about is not open to the public - fair enough, it's the seat of government, but there are loads of treasures we will never see. The book was well read, but is Georgiana (Duchess of Devonshire) really pronounced George-ay-na?
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- Robyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios