The last time I was in London I was 20. It’s been about eight years between jaunts, but I will be returning to London very soon. For many Australians, London represents the pinnacle of the ‘lost homeland’, but for many people with Scottish heritage, I was brought up to treat London and England with caution and discontent. Stories from grandfathers passed through our family like Chinese whispers, and I arrived in London for the first time with apprehensions.
If I am going to be blunt, London is not my cup of tea. The city is big, rainy, dirty, generally overwhelming. I never grew up in a city the size of London, so it is definitely a shock to the system. This is the England I prefer…
That does not actually mean, I really prefer ruins, rather, that I prefer the peace and space of the countryside. This is a picture from Edale, which is an hour or so outside of Sheffield.
The strange thing about London, is that I end up reading a lot of books set in London. London has beguiled authors for centuries (for reasons sometimes unknown to me??). The city of London has become like a literary character for me, and maybe that’s why I was so disappointed with the fantastical character when I saw it up-close and personal?
To get in the mood for my London return, I though I would share some of my favourite books set in London, about London, and Londoners.
This is by no means a final list of all the books about London, but it is a list of books that I have read about London over the past few years. Many of these books are featured in my List of Book Reviews, so if you want to see what I thought, click on the link to find out more.
What are your favourite book/s about London? And do you ever pick a book based on its location? Remember to share the reading love.