London through literary eyes

I wrote some time ago about getting to know a country through novels (see the post )

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??



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What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on July 26, 2012, in Book Reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’m thinking Peter Ackroyd’s biography of London? Also, I’m a bit surprised that you don’t know Neil Gaiman – but I suppose he’s mostly known for his graphic novels (Sandman, Death). I plan on reading American Gods this year – and I’m really looking forward to it.

    • That would be a good one Christina. You’re guess is spot on – I don’t know Gaiman because I don’t read graphic novels.

      • Lately, Neil Gaiman has been written more ‘regular’ fiction as well as children’s books (Coraline, The Graveyard book). He might be worth reading for you for your children’s litterature class even if he’s not on the list.

  2. I saw the original post from Abe Books but haven’t been back to check out the responses. I was just horrified at how few of them I had read.

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