of the British Museum, University College, RADA, the Friends House, the BMA, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Bloomsbury is crammed with history and with contemporary decision-making. But there is also working class Bloomsbury and, now, Bengali Bloomsbury in the east. Biographer and novelist Nicholas Murray walks this crowded square mile or so, among the locals, the students, the tourists, alone or in the company of local characters, to give Bloomsbury the 'Real' series treatment of history, memoir, 'psychogeography' and oblique approaches to the familiar. His entertaining and informative text is accompanied by equally oblique images, the sort you won't find in either tourist guides or regular history books. All of which present Bloomsbury as it's never been portrayed before: intimate, contemporary, exploratory and occasionally downright strange.
Nicholas Murray is a professional author, reviewer and cultural commentator (with blog). He has written biographies of Bruce Chatwin (Seren), Andrew Marvell, Aldous Huxley and Kafka (all Little,Brown), A Corkscrew is Most Useful: The Travellers of Empire and So Spirited a Town, a history of Liverpool. He lives just to the north of Bloomsbury and is a daily visitor, researching at the British Museum (where he was a resident scholar) and the British Library.