I finally finished this book, it took around 2 months-1300 pages though! The plot follows the lives of several families through time from pre-Roman London to the present, linking the families, politics and the geographical development of the city to real events. It was fascinating finding out why areas of London were named and developed as they did. The book is broken into manageable bites of around 70 pages and has a full list of characters in the front. If you like well written historical novels, give this a go.