The Bunbury Press


1776: A London Chronicle

or How to Divert Oneself

while Losing an Empire

A revealing portrait of London life during the year of American independence, in the form of a day by day chronicle of events

• Based closely on diaries, letters and newspaper reports    

    and drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material,

from state papers to Edward Gibbon’s pocket-book

Includes a detailed Tour of the sedan chair and

     coffee-house world of London at the time

With over 370 contemporary illustrations

Hardback, 234 x 156mm. Extent: 768pp + 16pp colour plates.

Publication: 8 March 2019. ISBN: 978-0-9562046-1-5. Price: £25.

5 star review by Christopher Howse in the Sunday Telegraph:  

‘An excellent book ... I found it exhilarating to be thrust into the dangers of Dr Johnson’s city. ... High and low, scandal and political philosophy, mix on every page ... It’s a world tremendously enjoyable to be immersed in.’

Selected as an Editor’s Choice by Caroline Sanderson in the Bookseller :

‘This diverting and exquisitely produced chronicle shows us exactly how it was … Boutique publishing at its finest, it’s also a salutary reminder of how daily life continues in the face of most turbulences.’

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