If you didn’t already know, this September I am moving to London to do my MA in Publishing. I am incredibly excited and nervous all at the same time. I’ve never lived in a big city before, but I know that London is probably the best place for me to be, career-wise.
Whenever I go to a new place, I try to have read about it beforehand. It makes me feel like I have a bit of an insight to the place, and it is especially exciting when I recognize a place from the book! So – my question to you is: what books should I read to prepare me for London?
Here are some of my favourite books that are set in London:
An Unreliable Guide to London: This is a fantastic anthology that is split into four sections: North, South, East and West London. Filled with weird and wonderful short stories about London and its inhabitants, I would personally say that this is an essential read for anyone living in or interested in London. My review can be found here.
Neverwhere: What list about London would be complete without a mention of this classic SFF novel? London Above is the world we know, but London Below has actual black friars in Blackfriars, angels in Angel Islington, and ‘MIND THE GAP’ begins to take on sinister meanings…
Brick Lane: Immigration, love, and London are at the forefront of this classic story. Full of female characters who are so lifelike that I feel like I’ve actually met them, this is recommended to absolutely everyone. My review is here!
The Lonely Londoners: This is a book that I read in my first year of my undergraduate, and it remains one of my favourite texts of my degree. This is a story of West Indian immigrants, written in wonderful dialect. (I will note though – there’s quite a lot of misogyny.)
Bleak House: What list of London books would be complete without a bit of Dickens? He isn’t my favourite, but for describing Victorian London, I don’t know if he can be beat. Some of my favourite sections of Bleak House took place in the creepy, foggy streets of London.