Curious Camden Town
published by Five Leaves
"the rich tapestry of Camden Town's history revealed" - Ham&High
Curious Camden Town - 106pp, £9.99 and available from Owl in Kentish Town Road and other local bookshops and on Amazon - looks at twenty-nine places in and around the area, some well-known others quite the opposite, and at the remarkable stories attached to them: the gig at the Roundhouse which made Camden hip ... the local diva who died much too young ... the folk dance revival which took root in a Camden hay market ... the prize fighter who just wouldn't give up ... the spiritualist temple bankrolled by Sherlock Holmes ... the best eels, mash and pie place in the borough ... burlesque at the Black Cap ... the pole dancing school in a Camden mews.
Take a glance at the map that appears in Curious Camden Town and the accompanying list of contents - we hope it will whet your appetite. And we've also posted an extract from the book - take a look! Two extracts, Burlesque at the Black Cap and "I drove a silver Cadillac into the Roundhouse" have appeared on the Kentishtowner website.
The book is copiously illustrated - freelance news cameraman Brian Kelly has taken several of the stand-out images, and there are more than forty photos, some archive but most specially taken, accompanying the text.
This is a sequel to Curious Kentish Town - published a year earlier in October 2014, and by the standards of books about NW5, a spectacular best-seller. Owl bookshop alone has sold 500 or more copies and is now out of stock.
read an extract about St Martin's Almshouses