It is easy to observe that the more you move away from the centre of London, the less people seem to know about the history, heritage and status of the places where they live. And that the reason for this disconnect between people and places is NOT a poorer cultural environment.
Apart from a few exceptions, tourists generally steer clear of the suburbs and while historical societies do wonderful work, their remit can be so localised that they run the risk of overlooking the links between the local and the global city. Finally, their frequent lack of resources means they publish ‘home-made’ books thus reinforcing the impression of the suburbs as having secondary importance.
Your London Publishing books are well researched and produced to a high standard of presentation. But their goal is to be popular, not academic, so as to reach the widest possible public and this is reflected in their price. They aim to present contemporary neighbourhoods within their historical context, hence the blend of historical material with contemporary photographs. They contain an exceptionally rich array of high quality images which have been carefully selected, confident that a good picture (with its informative caption) is worth a thousand words. This visual approach inevitably leads to a keen interest in ARTISTS: who else scrutinise London and its suburbs now in the way that they do?