How many texts about London have you read in your teaching career? And before that, while learning English at school? And how many of those did you really enjoy? How many of the texts about the early history of London really made sense? Did you manage to remember anything from those texts besides the word Londinium?
Exactly. This is why I was so pleased when I was reading the very beginning of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. All of a sudden there was a vivid picture in my head about how London grew and how different little villages were combined into one metropolis. And here is this wonderful description:
My name is Elena Rafaelevna Watson, I have been teaching English as a foreign language for over 25 years now. I have also been translating and interpreting (English/Russian) for over 20 years.