Where can you find a dog guarding his master's grave for eternity, an Arabian tent of stone commemorating a great explorer or the cemetery that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula? London's cemeteries are places of peace and tranquillity, but they are also a fascinating barometer of the capital's social history. Intriguing stories of courage, personal triumph and domestic tragedy lie behind the gravestones and mausolea, many of which are masterpieces of commemorative art. Today London's cemeteries are also valued as a habitat for flora and fauna and are great destinations for wildlife lovers. This unique new guide gives a concise history of London's cemeteries from historic churchyards and Victorian creations such as Nunhead and Highgate to modern multifaith cemeteries such as Forest Park. The book includes reviews of over 80 cemeteries, complete with a who's who of famous permanent residents, along with opening times and travel information. Over 70 photographs capture the unique atmosphere of London's cemeteries and there are 10 maps to help the reader explore these wonderful urban spaces.
Darren Beach divides his time between London and Tokyo, and writesfor magazines and websites in both cities. Heis a formerbroadcast journalist at BBC Sport and ITV-F1.