Here from London Net are ten novels that will help you get a read on London:
Oliver Twist – Menacing, crime-ridden streets, the downtrodden Victorian poor: here’s Charles Dickens, London’s best loved author at full tilt. Also in the running: Bleak House, A Christmas Carol and Little Dorrit.
Mrs. Dalloway – Bloomsbury group star Virginia Woolf is a hugely important figure in world literature. Here we get one of her strongest, a ground-breaking stream of conciousness style story filled with shards of the relationship between an upper class socialite and a battle-bloodied war veteran.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- Cool, logical detective hunts down criminals from his Baker Street HQ in Arthur Conan Doyle‘s portrayal of iconic wrong righter.
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell’s anti-totalitarian masterpiece is set in soviet-style London. Passages about Hampstead Heath provide the only relief from the grey, depressing cityscape. See also Down and Out in Paris and London
London Fields Martin Amis’s masterpiece. Dickens with an edge. Rougher, sexier, more vulgar. In my opinion, funnier. Don’t miss Nicola Six
84 Charing Cross Road – Based on touching correspondence across the Atlantic between book buyer and seller. Helena Hanff’s novel a must for bibliophiles. Charing Cross Road, though depleted, remains the destination for used books in London.
The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi’s patchy, if influential, trawl through the hopes and fears of a group of suburbanites semi-detatched by location and lifestyle.
The Secret Agent Recently voted the 46th best novel of the 20th century by Randon House panel, Joseph Conrad’s spy classic, set 100 years ago, sends up the pretensions of both the London police and a terrorist group.
The Jeeves Stories – Many regard PG Wodehouse as the funniest writer ever. Jeeves lived in exclusive Mayfair and left London only for jolly weekend jaunts with the chaps