Christopher Brown’s ‘An Alphabet of London’ is the quintessential picture book for adults – with a lovely foreword by esteemed designer Jasper Conran and linocut minimalist pictures depicting London’s most famous hotspots. Although maybe slightly obtuse (maybe it’s just me, but the only one I noticed straight away was ‘Z’ – London Zoo), it is very beautiful. It also has a humorous introduction by Brown himself, detailing his childhood in Putney: ‘there was no real need to leave…there were four cinemas’. The book will evoke nostalgia and/or excitement, and is perfect for a proud Londoner’s coffee table. Charlotte Watson
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