Memories of London

By Edmondo de Amicis

Translated by Stephen Parkin and Adam Elgar

ISBN: 9781847493262

160 pages

RRP: £7.99

As a first-time visitor to London, De Amicis was awestruck by the bustle and magnificence of the Victorian metropolis and wrote a number of sketches in his trademark witty, observational style, which made him one of the best-selling travel writers of his age.

Originally conceived as a series of newspaper articles and later published in volume form, De Amicis’s Memories of London brings back to life all the bygone charm of the capital of the British Empire. De Amicis’s impressions are paired here with a piece written by one of his contemporaries, the French writer Louis Laurent Simonin, which leaves the city’s opulence and grandeur behind and offers an uncompromising look at the poverty and squalor of its most deprived areas.


  • [De Amicis] recounts his adventures in the capital with a relish and perspicacity that still resonates today.

    The Good Book Guide

  • His descriptions of London in the 1870s have so many parallels today, even if there are not so many oyster shells lying about.


Edmondo de Amicis

The poet, novelist and travel writer Edmondo de Amicis (1846–1908) began his career as a soldier, before switching to journalism. He is now best remembered for his collection of children’s stories Heart of a Boy.