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The Gentle Author’s Cries Of London

November 23, 2015
by the gentle author


It has been five years in the making but – thanks to the generous support of the readers of Spitalfields Life – I am almost ready to publish the first full-colour illustrated history of the CRIES OF LONDON, just in time for Christmas.

This ambitious book sets out to reclaim an entire cultural tradition which I believe is an essential part of the identity of London as a city founded upon its markets. In the capital, those who had no means of income could always sell wares in the street and, by turning their presence into performance through song, they won the hearts of generations and came to embody the spirit of London itself.

Designed by David Pearson, recently acclaimed as Britain’s most-influential book designer, CRIES OF LONDON is a handsome cloth-bound green hardback with a gilded cover containing hundreds of beautiful illustrations of London street traders spanning four centuries, together with stories of the artists and the hawkers, and an extended introduction by yours truly.

I am celebrating with a LAUNCH at Waterstones Piccadilly on 3rd December, a CONCERT at Shoreditch Church on 4th December, a PEDLARS CONFERENCE on 5th December and ILLUSTRATED LECTURES on 10th & 11th December at Bishopsgate Institute – you will find all the information and booking details below. I look forward to welcoming you to these events, where I shall be signing books and giving away prints of CRIES OF LONDON to all comers.


Peepshow in Piccadilly, 1804

I am proud to be launching CRIES OF LONDON at WATERSTONES PICCADILLY on THURSDAY 3rd DECEMBER from 6:30pm with cakes, cocktails, live music, dancing & a host of famous authors. There is no need to book, please come along to join the party!


Hair Brooms outside Shoreditch Church, 1804

I am delighted to be introducing a concert of CRIES OF LONDON by Orlando Gibbons & others, performed by Fretwork & Red Byrd, presented by Spitalfields Music on FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER at ST LEONARD’S CHURCH, SHOREDITCH. Click here to book for the concert & pre-concert talk.


Cats & Dogs’ Meat in Bishopsgate, 1804

I am thrilled to be hosting a PEDLARS CONFERENCE  on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER at 2pm and giving ILLUSTRATED LECTURES on THURSDAY 10th & FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER at 7:30pm at BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE. Please click here to book.




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You may like to explore these sets of Cries of London


John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

Faulkner’s Street Cries

Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

More Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

Kendrew’s Cries of London

London Characters

Geoffrey Fletcher’s Pavement Pounders

William Craig Marshall’s Itinerant Traders

London Melodies

Henry Mayhew’s Street Traders

H.W.Petherick’s London Characters

John Thomson’s Street Life in London

Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries

William Nicholson’s London Types

John Leighton’s London Cries

Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana of 1817

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana II

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana III

Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

More of Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

Victorian Tradesmen Scraps

Cries of London Scraps

New Cries of London 1803

Cries of London Snap Cards

Julius M Price’s London Types

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Paul Huckett permalink
    November 23, 2015

    I was able to buy a couple of your books when we were holidaying in London last year. We used it as our tourist guide !! Who needs Lonely Planet or Fodor when we have you . A question : will we be able to buy a copy of the new tome online for mail order as we won’t visit again from Australia until 2017 . I actually have three Cries of London , Victorian prints, hidden away in the study somewhere . I bought and sold old English prints for years .
    Congratulations on the new book
    Paul Huckett

  2. November 23, 2015

    Good luck with the launch, I am sure it will be a great success. Valerie

  3. Sue permalink
    November 23, 2015

    Best wishes for your book launch.

  4. Ros permalink
    November 23, 2015

    What a book – what a programme of events! Many congratulations on bringing to birth what I know will be a beautiful piece of work, and here’s to the sales thereof.

  5. Pauline Taylor permalink
    November 23, 2015

    My word, you are going to be busy!! Hope it will all be a great success.

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