Bob Dylan in London – Troubadour Tales

Reviewed by Soul City Wandering author Frank Molloy. This fascinating book serves as an insight on both London’s impact on Bob Dylan’s career, and Bob Dylan’s impact on London’s musical legacy. Co-authors and Dylan aficionados Jackie Lees and K. G. Miles plot a 50-year musical pilgrimage which follows a roughly chronological route mirroring Dylan’s connectionsContinue reading “Bob Dylan in London – Troubadour Tales”

Soul City Wandering – A London Pilgrimage

AMAZON TRAVEL BOOKS TOP-TEN BESTSELLER – 5-STAR RATED “A great book… a great guide. Poems… music… history… and fantastic ways to… go for walks” Robert Elms, BBC Radio London Frank Molloy‘s Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. The aim of the book is to inspire travellers to engage as individuals with their journeys. ItContinue reading “Soul City Wandering – A London Pilgrimage”

Sherlock’s Psychogeographic Adventure

While I was working a self-guided tour of Sherlock Holmes’s London haunts, it dawned on me that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had, amongst the other talents he had given him, equipped his fictional detective with a natural sense of psychogeography, before the word even existed. In the second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four,Continue reading “Sherlock’s Psychogeographic Adventure”

Brunel Fashions Bristol

50 years ago, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous ship, the SS Great Britain, returned to undergo renovation in its home city of Bristol, a place that held a special connection with the work of the famous engineer. Soul City Wanderer briefs. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. Available in paperbackContinue reading “Brunel Fashions Bristol”

Samuel Pepys: Forced Entry

At the time of writing, The recorded UK 2020 death rate for coronavirus (69,051) had just overtaken the recorded death rate for the Great Plague of London (68,596), the bubonic pandemic which broke out in the capital in 1665. The day-to-day accounts of the spread of that pestilence by 17th century London diarist Samuel PepysContinue reading “Samuel Pepys: Forced Entry”

Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 10/10: Five Days in London by John Lukacs

During the 2020 lockdown, Soul City Wanderer took the opportunity to catch up on his history book reading: These are his top ten recommendations from the pile he ploughed through (in no particular order). 10/10: Five Days in London by John Lukacs. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. AvailableContinue reading “Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 10/10: Five Days in London by John Lukacs”

Sherlock’s Grand Day Out

Sherlock’s Grand Day Out is a self-guided tour of the famous fictional detective’s London haunts. But how can we claim it to be the most ‘elementary’ of Sherlock tours? Well, first of all, not only is the Soul City Wanderer an old Holmes aficionado, he is also a top qualified London tour guide. Secondly, whileContinue reading “Sherlock’s Grand Day Out”

Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 9/10: Collecting the World by James Delbourgo

During the 2020 lockdown, Soul City Wanderer took the opportunity to catch up on his history book reading: These are his top ten recommendations from the pile he ploughed through (in no particular order). 9/10: Collecting the World by James Delbourgo. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. Available inContinue reading “Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 9/10: Collecting the World by James Delbourgo”

‘Sherlock’s’ ‘Annus Horribilis’

One hundred years ago, the reputation of the legendary creator of Sherlock Holmes began to take a tumble. Soul City Wanderer investigates. Perhaps it was inevitable. There had always been an alternate side to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which would lead him towards controversy in his later life. After he became an established detective fictionContinue reading “‘Sherlock’s’ ‘Annus Horribilis’”

Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 8/10: God’s Englishman by Christopher Hill

During the 2020 lockdown, Soul City Wanderer took the opportunity to catch up on his history book reading: These are his top ten recommendations from the pile he ploughed through (in no particular order). 8/10: God’s Englishman by Christopher Hill. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. Available in paperbackContinue reading “Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 8/10: God’s Englishman by Christopher Hill”

Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 7/10: Thomas Carlyle by Ian Campbell

During the 2020 lockdown, Soul City Wanderer took the opportunity to catch up on his history book reading: These are his top ten recommendations from the pile he ploughed through (in no particular order). 7/10: Thomas Carlyle by Ian Campbell. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. Available in paperbackContinue reading “Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 7/10: Thomas Carlyle by Ian Campbell”

Sherlock’s Musical London

The television documentary Sherlock Holmes against Arthur Conan Doyle (Gedeon Programmes 2017) was broadcast on the Sky Arts channel on Wednesday June 17, 2020. It was about the author’s strained relationship with his own literary creation. One of the contributors was Anthony Horowitz, an English writer who specialises in the detective mystery genre. In 2011,Continue reading “Sherlock’s Musical London”

Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 6/10: Thomas Cromwell by Robert Hutchinson

During the 2020 lockdown, Soul City Wanderer took the opportunity to catch up on his history book reading: These are his top ten recommendations from the pile he ploughed through (in no particular order). 6/10: Thomas Cromwell by Robert Hutchinson. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. Available in paperbackContinue reading “Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 6/10: Thomas Cromwell by Robert Hutchinson”

‘Sherlock’s’ Homes

Soul City Wanderer’s briefs on the residences of the Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on May 22nd, 1859 to Irish parents. As a young boy, he lived with his family at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh. As a schoolboy, he temporarily lodged at Liberton Bank House onContinue reading “‘Sherlock’s’ Homes”

Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 5/10: Contested Will by James Shapiro

During the 2020 lockdown, Soul City Wanderer took the opportunity to catch up on his history book reading: These are his top ten recommendations from the pile he ploughed through (in no particular order). 5/10: Contested Will by James Shapiro. Soul City Wanderer’s own book Soul City Wandering was released in 2020. Available in paperbackContinue reading “Top 10 Lockdown History Books: 5/10: Contested Will by James Shapiro”