Stephen Halliday - Author

About the Author

Stephen Halliday is a historian specialising in British and industrial history and is an authority on the history of London. He is the author of The Great Stink: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis (Sutton 1999) and Amazing & Extraordinary London Underground Facts. A Cambridge University lecturer, he contributes articles and reviews to magazines such asLiterary Review,,Times Higher Education, BBC History  andHistory Today.

Featured books by Stephen Halliday

The Olympics

The Olympics

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2012

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics is a unique and entertaining collection of facts surrounding the Olympic Games. From their origins in ancient Greece to the most famous Olympic medalists, the book covers a range of fascinating trivia for every sport lover to enjoy. You can discover the athletes who have set the marks for modern sporting excellence, and wonder at the records set by competitors across the years. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The Amazing And Extraordinary Facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

Other books by Stephen Halliday

Journey to Crossrail Railways under London, from Brunel to the Elizabeth Line

Journey to Crossrail Railways under London, from Brunel to the Elizabeth Line

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Why did London have to wait so long for a main line railway beneath its streets? For a few years in the mid-nineteenth century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's broad gauge Great Western trains ran from Reading to Faringdon. Now, after many false starts, his vision is being realised as the Elizabeth Line carries passengers from Reading to the City once again and beyond Essex to Kent, using engineering that would have earned the admiration of the greatest Victorian engineers. London historian Stephen Halliday presents an engaging discussion of the fascinating origins and heroic engineering that made it all possible.

London at War

London at War

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Cathedrals and Abbeys

Cathedrals and Abbeys

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

London

London

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

London Underground

London Underground

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

The Little Book of Crime & Punishment

The Little Book of Crime & Punishment

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

The Little Book of Crime and Punishment is a repository of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts and trivia about the history of the British criminal justice system. Learn of the days when noses, hands and heads were cut off, heretics were burned at the stake and rebels were hanged, drawn and quartered. A reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped in to time and time again to reveal something new about the various forms of punishments; from ducking scolds, imposing curfews, tagging persistent offenders and, of course, imprisonment

London's Markets From Smithfield to Portobello Road

London's Markets From Smithfield to Portobello Road

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2014

London is a city of markets: markets in meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, money, insurance, shipping and, occasionally, in stolen goods. As both a major port and the nation's capital, it was almost inevitable that commerce became the bedrock on which the city has risen to be one of the world's greatest modern marketplaces. Many of today's street names remind the observant pedestrian of the commercial centres that were to be found in them in times past: Bread Street, Milk Street and Ironmonger Lane; London's market history is all around us. Stephen Halliday's book is a comprehensive account of the long, lurid and often controversial history of London's markets, from Roman Londinium to the London of Boris Johnson, as well as a guide to visiting them (and emerging with a bargain). He explores the historic markets still in existence, and the sites of those that no longer exist, and recounts the fascinating stories of the famous, not-so-famous and sometimes infamous Londoners who have populated them, both as buyers and sellers, through the ages.

Underground to Everywhere London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Underground to Everywhere London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2013

London's Underground is one of the best-known and most distinctive aspects of the city. Since Victorian times, this remarkable feat of engineering has made an extraordinary contribution to the economy of the capital and played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. Stephen Halliday's informative, entertaining, wide-ranging history of the Underground celebrates the vision and determination of the Victorian Pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system. His book records the scandal, disappointments, and disasters that have punctuated the story and the careers of the gifted, dedicated, sometimes corrupt individuals that have shaped its history. It also gives a fascinating insight into the neglected, often unseen aspects of this subterranean system - the dense network of tunnels, shafts and chambers that have been created beneath the city streets.

From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop A Guide to London's Literary Landmarks

From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop A Guide to London's Literary Landmarks

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2013

London is unrivalled as a source of inspiration for writers from Geoffrey Chaucer to J.K. Rowling. From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop will explore the capital both from the viewpoint of the many writers who have used it as a stage for their plots and their characters; and of the readers whose imagination is fired by the knowledge that they are standing outside the home of David Copperfield on the Strand or Count Dracula's residence in Piccadilly. All of London's clubs, pubs, restaurants, houses and streets that have been made famous in the works of the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Charles Dickens and Evelyn Waugh are featured in this exhaustively researched volume. Listed geographically, each entry provides a description of the location, its place in literature and its inspiration. From Fleming's legendary Blades Club in Mayfair, that made appearances in both Moonraker and Goldfinger, to Waugh's bohemian Shepheard's Hotel from Vile Bodies, that was based on the celebrated Cavendish Hotel, to the haunts of Sherlock Holmes and Bertie Wooster, From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop will appeal to all lovers of classic fiction set in the great city.

The Olympics

The Olympics

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2012

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics is a unique and entertaining collection of facts surrounding the Olympic Games. From their origins in ancient Greece to the most famous Olympic medalists, the book covers a range of fascinating trivia for every sport lover to enjoy. You can discover the athletes who have set the marks for modern sporting excellence, and wonder at the records set by competitors across the years. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The Amazing And Extraordinary Facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

The Great Filth Disease, Death and the Victorian City

The Great Filth Disease, Death and the Victorian City

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2011

Victorian Britain was the world's industrial powerhouse. Its factories, mills and foundries supplied a global demand for manufactured goods. As Britain changed from an agricultural to an industrial economy, people swarmed into the towns and cities where the work was; by the end of Queen Victoria's reign, almost 80 per cent of the population was urban. Overcrowding and filthy living conditions, though, were a recipe for disaster, and diseases such as cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, smallpox and puerperal (childbed) fever were a part of everyday life for (usually poor) town- and city-dwellers. However, thanks to a dedicated band of doctors, nurses, midwives, scientists, engineers and social reformers, by the time the Victorian era became the Edwardian, they were almost eradicated, and no longer a constant source of fear. Stephen Halliday tells the fascinating story of how these individuals fought opposition from politicians, taxpayers and often their own colleagues to overcome these diseases and make the country a safer place for everyone to live.

Great Britain

Great Britain

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/03/2011

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts about Great Britain unearths the hidden legends, laws, landscapes, discoveries, adventures and locations that have shaped Britain's compelling, and at times, tumultuous past. Explore how Britain was formed - its geology and climate, the quirky characters and events of its history and the origin of British institutions, such as public schools, fish and chips and driving on the left hand side. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

Newgate London's Prototype of Hell

Newgate London's Prototype of Hell

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2007

Newgate Prison was the largest, most notorious and worst of London prisons. Stephen Halliday tells the story of Newgate's origins, the criminals it held, the punishments meted out and its rebuilding and reform.

The Great Filth Disease, Death and the Victorian City

The Great Filth Disease, Death and the Victorian City

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Tells the story of how scientists, engineers and doctors overcame three of the deadliest diseases rife in Victorian Britain: cholera, typhoid and puerperal fever.

Newgate London's Prototype of Hell

Newgate London's Prototype of Hell

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2006

The hellish noise, the roaring, swelling and clamour, the stench and nastiness, an emblem of hell itself. - Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe. There have been more prisons in London than in any other European city. Of these, Newgate was the largest, most notorious and worst. Built during the twelfth century, it became a legendary place, the inspiration of more poems, plays and novels than any other building in London. It was a place of cruelty and wretchedness, at various times holding Dick Turpin, Titus Oates, Daniel Defoe, Jack Sheppard and Casanova. Because prisons were privately run, any time spent in prison had to be paid for by the prisoner. Housing varied from a private cell with a cleaning woman and a visiting prostitute, to simply lying on the floor with no cover. Those who died inside, and only a quarter of prisoners survived until their execution day, had to stay in Newgate as a rotting corpse until relatives found the money for the body to be released. Stephen Halliday tells the story of Newgate's origins, the criminals it held, the punishments meted out and its rebuilding and reform. This is a compelling slice of London's social and criminal history.

Water A Turbulent History

Water A Turbulent History

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2004

With water making up around 70 per cent of the earth's surface and 50 to 65 per cent of the human body, it is only fair to see ourselves as just a little waterlogged. Water is essential to human life and an important component of human history. Humans have generally settled near convenient sources of water and most of the great ancient civilizations depended on a particular source of water. London was no exception, owing its growth and development as England's first city to the rich potential of the Thames as a source of drinking water and power and as a means of communication. During the Industrial Revolution, the growth of commerce placed intolerable pressures on an inadequate road system. A new means of cheap and rapid transportation was needed, marking the beginning of the great age of canals. In the next great advance - steam trains - water was again to play an essential part. Water has brought disaster and disease, such as the nineteenth century cholera epidemic yet conversely spas and sea-bathing show the health-giving side of water. It is surprising how little attention water receives in historical accounts. Stephen Halliday's new book explores the beneficial and harmful ef

Underground to Everywhere London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Underground to Everywhere London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2004

London's Underground is one of the best-known and distinctive aspects of the city. Since Victorian Times, this remarkable feat of engineering has made an extraordinary contribrution to the economy of the capital and played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londonders. Stephen Halliday's informative, entertaining, wide-ranging history of the Underground celebrates the vision and determination of the Victorian Pioneers who conceived this revolutionary transport system. His book records the scandal, disappointments, and disasters that have punctuated the story and the careers of the gifted, dedicated, sometimes corrupt individuals that have shaped it's history. It also gives a fascinating insight into the neglected, often unseen aspects of this subterranean system - the dense network of tunnels, shafts and chambers that have been created beneath the city streets. STEPHEN HALLIDAY is an authority on the history of London, with a special interest in the great engineering and construction works which created the modern city. He is the author of The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis.

The Great Stink of London

The Great Stink of London

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2001

A vivid account of the life and work of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the engineer who designed and built the system of intercepting sewers, pumping stations and treatment works that cleaned up Victorian London.

Our Troubles with Food

Our Troubles with Food

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2001

A modern history of our troubled relationship with food.

Underground to Everywhere London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Underground to Everywhere London's Underground Railway in the Life of the Capital

Author: Stephen Halliday Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/1996

Since Victorian times, London's Underground has made an extraordinary contribution to the economy of the capital and has played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners.

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