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Read what reviewers have said about When London Was Capital of America

New York Times

Beautifully reimagining a city that was a distant but integral part of American life...essential reading.

Andrea Wulf, New York Times Book Review Read the full review here.

The Observer

[An] engaging social history, written with a novelist's eye for character and plot.

Gaiutra Bahadur, The Observer Read the full review here.

Daily Express

Julie Flavell has produced not an account of the administration of the American colonies from London but something much more original...She reveals an extraordinary, almost forgotten world, rich with anecdote.

Duncan Fallowell, Daily Express Read the full review here.

Reviews in History

This is a good book, that lives up to expectations.

Leonard Schwarz, Reviews in History Read the full review here.

Publishers Weekly

Flavell writes in a compelling and succinct style, and history fans will be intrigued by her interpretation of a tumultuous time that shaped the fate of nations.

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Library Journal

Flavell re-creates with stunning lucidity the bustling world of Georgian London...Absorbing...Remarkable...Through meticulous research and elegant prose, she brings to life a city at the height of its powers.

Brian Odom, Library Journal Read the full review here.

The Literary Review

A 'well-researched and enjoyable book'.

Leslie Mitchell, The Literary Review Read the full review here.

Country Life

This is a fine, original book, and a jolly good read.

Tim Richardson, Country Life Read the full review here.

Choice

Flavell's subjects - their lives marked variously by bankruptcy, broken engagements, illegitimacy, and suicide - invite allusions to Fielding and Austen... an engaging group portrait of colonials in the metropolis. Highly recommended..

G.F. Steckley, Choice Reviews Online Read the full review here.

Journal of American History

[A] splendid read, a compelling social history that illuminates the houses, streets, and taverns of eighteenth century London.

James Raven, Journal of American History Read the full review here.

Eighteenth Century Studies

A lively, well-written account

Philip Gould, Eighteenth Century Studies Read the full review here.

American Historical Review

[A] lively and engaging picture of London in the era of the American Revolution… Flavell's work is based on thorough research and has some serious and important messages for historians of the revolutionary period.

Stephen Conway, American Historical Review Read the full review here.

Journal Of British Studies

Mid-eighteenth-century London comes alive in Julie Flavell's When London Was Capital of America. ... [It] is worth reading both for what it is and for its richly suggestive analysis that opens multiple paths for future research.

Catherine Molineux, Journal of British Studies Read the full review here.

THE GUARDIAN

Before the revolution, London was the capital of America or, as one colonist described it, the 'Eden of the world'...Flavell's study offers wonderfully evocative glimpses into the lives of men such as Benjamin Franklin, who lived in the city for 17 years.

PD Smith, The Guardian Read the full review here.

BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

[Flavell's] fascinating study explores the 'untold' story of the capital in the mid-18th century, when America was still part of the British empire.

Tracy Borman, BBC History Magazine Read the full review here.

BRITAIN AND THE WORLD

When London was Capital of America adds an important component to our knowledge of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

Paul Husbands, Britain and the World Read the full review here.