- Old Tom (extract from 'Beastly London')
- With the geese safe in London, how did poor people get their goose?
London Book of the Year 2013 @Londonist
@thegentleauthor = "a wonderful piece of work"
thehistoryvault.co.uk = "[a] masterful study of the capital...this is the definitive book on the history of animals in London...In short, Velten does for London’s animal history what Ackroyd did for its human history."
londonist.com = "The narrative flies by... thanks to the author’s ability to tell a story solidly and engagingly, without fuss or fancy, and with well chosen illustrations throughout. Velten has a hawk’s eye for detail, yet a magpie’s wide-reaching taste. She’s mined the archive to explain our city’s long dependence on animals. The examples are legion."