I wrote some time ago about getting to know a country through novels (see the post http://bookertalk.com/2012/06/27/travels-with-my-book/ )
Now the eyes of the world are on London, Abe Books has just published a list of novels that are located in the city. They’ve eliminated Dickens and Conan Doyle on the basis that they’re probably too familiar and instead gone for a mixed bag of authors from the last 100 years. Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Martin Amis’ London Fields, rub shoulders with Muriel Sparks‘ The Girls of Slender Means and A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch. But there are some authors I’ve not heard of before – including Gerald Kers, Nell Dunn and Neil Gaiman.
There’s a lively dialogue on the website with suggestions of books that should have been on the list but were not….
Any ideas of books that could have been included??