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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Jubilee celebrations in London/Southern England (with a spot of political intrigue thrown in for good measure)

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend is fast approaching in the UK, so we have selected some novels to conjure up a feel of London, how the Brits have a "knees up" and mark the Jubilee (with a bit of political intrigue thrown in).

Published in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, Shelley Harris's remarkably assured debut novel is rooted in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of June 1977. Cherry Gardens, in a small Buckinghamshire village, is throwing a street party. Union Jack bunting is festooned from house to house; trestle tables will carry the vat of unappetising coronation chicken and cakes iced in red, white and blue, as well as the scrumptious chakli contributed by the Patels, who had come to Bourne Heath fleeing Idi Amin's violent expulsion of Asians from Uganda.

This book is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 1997.
A stunning novel of political life, betrayal and passion, which lifts the lid on vice within the Palace of Westminster…and cost Hensher his job as a House of Commons clerk.
John is a distinguished widower with a hump, two daughters, and an important job in the House of Commons. He also has a fondness for visiting rent boys in the afternoons, and a passion for secrecy…

In this, the year of HRH The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, comes a fiercely controversial story that exposes evil at the heart of the British establishment. Three of the UK's most powerful men will stop at nothing to protect the monarchy, including the murder of Jack Hollander, an innocent victim of circumstance - and the one man who can prevent Prince Charles from fulfilling his destiny. Kindle only

For further information on what is going on in London over the Jubilee weekend check out Twitter @RiverPageant where a countdown to the 3rd June is happening

And at they have been busy listing all the draws of the Summer in London  Twitter @ViatorTravel

Please suggest anything else in the Comments box that you feel might add that extra something for anyone wanting more information about the Jubilee Weekend.

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