The Ghosts of Piccadilly


Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.7 stars; 8 reviews)

Nothing spooky or supernatural, but a very personal gathering of gossip, letters, and fragments of biography of famous people who have lived in Piccadilly (in London, England) ... and of some of the buildings, now long gone.

"If any part of any city deserves a book to itself, it is Piccadilly. We shall stand before some house in the hours when the traffic is stilled, and I shall tell of its history, of the men and women who dwelt there, and talked and loved and gambled and lived and died. I shall follow the lines of my temperament and tastes rather than those of completeness and impartiality: it is likely that I shall be voluble about Byron and reticent about Macaulay." (From the preface) (5 hr 47 min)

Chapters

Preface; Chapter One - A General View 24:02 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Two - Contrasted Fates: Clarendon House and Devonshire House 29:32 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Three - Another Contrast of Neighbours: 81 and 82 20:46 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Four - Old Q. 21:04 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Five - The Ghosts of Albany 19:08 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chaper Six - Byron 21:04 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Seven - Of Burlington House 22:48 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Eight - The Palmerstons and Cambridge House 18:24 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Nine - 105, 106, and 107 20:33 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Ten - The Great Duke 23:20 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Eleven - Emma Hamilton 18:54 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Twelve - Sir Walter in London 16:12 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Thirteen - Harriot Mellon 20:27 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Fourteen - Some Other People 21:11 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Fifteen - Some Other Houses 20:25 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Sixteen - The Shops and the Taverns 19:02 Read by Peter Yearsley
Chapter Seventeen - The Church and The End 11:07 Read by Peter Yearsley

Reviews

Delightful

(5 stars)

A lovely delightful charming sketch of so many lives, perfectly read by Mr. Yearsley who has never disappointed me with his choice of works.

Delightful

(5 stars)

A quirky history of the people and places of Picadilly, drolly and delightfully read.