I love this! This children’s book was first published in 1959 but it sits so comfortably in the noughties with its real-retro style. Miroslav Sasek was a Czech illustrator and author who wrote the ‘This is…’ series over a period of fifteen years and had a canny eye for the details that define a place and its people.
‘This is London’ is a thoughtful and humorous tour around our capital city, showing us the palaces and parks, taking us for afternoon tea and poking fun at The Great British Queue. I was surprised by how much I learnt myself from this children’s classic, and although these observations are firmly from a sixties-eye view they certainly still hold a great deal of relevance – and I must confess a secret longing for the days of nannies pushing prams and men in bowler hats!