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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Insider tips for LONDON via fiction - some real gems!

A couple of books set just out of the centre of London. Truly evocative, truly brilliant - read the books set in our selected areas, and the environs literally jump off the pages; three different genres that reflect the huge diversity of this grand, Olympic city, a little something for everyone.

First off is maritime GREENWICH, captured in this great book by Penny Hancock. Life set on the Thames just lifts off the pages, and a gripping psycho thriller to boot. Find out the meaning of Tamasa, the original name given to the Thames; take the bus to Blackheath which derives its name from the burials there of the victims of the Black Death; experience views onto the Wapping Tobacco Warehouse, once the biggest public building in the world...
"The visual descriptions of the river and the house are incredibly compelling"

To HATTON GARDEN, the heart of London's jewellery trade, with author Rachel Lichtenstein, and explore the byways and highways of this little known quarter of London. Discover the rich layers of history in this well researched exploration of London.

Monica Ali has written a super book about the BRICK LANE area of London; we thought we would feature a book that is perhap a little less well known.
After ten years living abroad, Tarquin Hall wanted to return to his native London. Lured by his nostalgia for a leafy suburban childhood spent in south-west London, he returned with his Indian-born, American fiance in tow. But, priced out of the housing market, they found themselves living not in a townhouse, oozing Victorian charm, but in a squalid attic above a Bangladeshi sweatshop on London's Brick Lane. A grimy skylight provided their only window on the new world.

Do come and leave reviews on our site Tell others whether a book you have read is soooo evocative of location that you are almost there with the characters - it's a great way to experience somewhere new or to revisit a destination that you have loved!

"See a location through an author's eyes"

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