I remember this pleasant young man- he obviously loved living in Wapping and studying here. It was great for me because I was impressed with his enthusiasm and respect for our country and its values. These reviews are very welcome because they help others to see that it's a good buy. People often go out of their way to compliment me, but very few actually do write a review, despite saying they will. My thanks to Ilie, who says as follows:
I am in the UK to study English and the history of the country. I visited the Tower and loved it, but it was not enough- I wanted to be there again to learn more. My friend said to read a book and I saw that the writer was selling them at a café in Wapping. I bought Poppies, Pomp and People and read it very quickly. It answered many more questions and told me much about the complexity to organise everything about this wonderful place which has millions of visitors. His writing is amusing and fun, just like the Beefeaters; he has great respect for them and I agree, they are important people and are very skilled.
I didn’t know about the famous Poppies sculpture in the moat around the Tower; the book explained about it. Also in the book, important people like the Head Beefeater, the Bishop of London and the Constable (who is in charge and an Army General) help to explain about the Tower. Mr West was very kind talking with me and signed my book. It has many pictures and is very good to buy. Ilie ……