Some books featuring London that I enjoy:

  • Lights Out in the Territory by Iain Sinclair
  • Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • Utterly Monkey by Nick Laird
  • White Chapell, Scarlet Tracings by Iain Sinclair
  • 84 Charing Cross Rd by Helen Hanff
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  • The Hanwell Short Stories by Zadie Smith
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina
  • Absolute Beginners by Colin McInnes
  • They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books by David Rose
  • The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock by John Harris
  • Rodinsky’s Room by Rachel Lichtenstein
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys

All of these have revealed a part of the city and its history that have helped me understand it more.Despite my love of both books and London, I have yet to see inside the British Library. I am ashamed.

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