Author(s): Heather Reyes
London is the world's most happening, most exciting and most diverse city. From Roman stronghold and mighty capital of the British Empire to financial powerhouse and city of the 2012 Olympics, London has always looked to the past and the future. And no one reflects this brilliant complexity better than London's writers, whether home-grown, adopted or simply visiting. "City-Lit London" offers us the best writing on this amazing city with over sixty dazzling writers. Join them as...Will Self gets inside the head of a London cabby; Jan Morris flies into Heathrow; Monica Ali smells the curry on Brick Lane; Alan Bennett gives us a ride in the Queen's carriage; Xiaolu Guo enjoys a greasy spoon cafe in Hackney; Beryl Bainbridge attends Dr Johnson's funeral in Westminster Abbey; Sam Sevlon recalls the boat train arriving from Trinidad; Virginia Woolf goes shopping in Oxford Street; Barbara Cartland takes us to a West End ball; and, Dostoyevsky strolls down the Haymarket.
"'The perfect read for travellers and booklovers of all ages' - Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Sepulchre 'An inviting new series of travel guides which collects some of the best writing on European cities to give a real flavour of the place. Such an idee formidable' - The Bookseller, Editor's Pick" 'The latest offering in this impressive little series concentrates on the spirit of London as seen through the eyes of an eclectic selection of writers. Part of the joy of this collection is that the writers span several centuries, which means that multiple faces of London are revealed. It is an exciting selection, with unexpected gems from novelists, travel writers, journalists and bloggers' Sunday Telegraph 'This excellent series ... which uses descriptions of a city penned by writers, both living and dead to illuminate the metropolis in question' - Conde Nast Traveller 'The subjects in this anthology are as varied as the shapes of Londoners' bottoms - which are discussed at one point - but within a book that includes both Barbara Cartland and Dostoyevsky lies a paradox: the city known by everyone is nonetheless unknown by its inhabitants' Time Out
Editor Heather Reyes lives near London and is co-publisher of Oxygen Books.
Contents__CITY-LIT LONDON____________________ Peter Watts, 'Introducing London' Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - A"__________________ Jan Morris, A Writer's World Tim Bradford, The Groundwater Diaries Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway Maureen Waller, 1700: Scenes from London Life Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent Ian McEwan, Saturday Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay Helen Simpson, Constitutional Colin McInnes, Absolute Beginners Jan Morris, A Writer's World Alan Coren, The Cricklewood Tapestry Take the Tour_________________________________________ Margaret Atwood, Curious Pursuits Joseph O'Neill, Netherland Tom Quinn, London's Strangest Tales Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway Monica Ali, Brick Lane Beryl Bainbridge, According to Queenie Karel Capek, Letters from England Tom Quinn, London's Strangest Tales Julian Barnes, Metroland W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook Colin McInnes, Absolute Beginners Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room A. S. Byatt, Possession Iqbal Ahmed, Sorrows of the Moon Virginia Woolf, The London Scene Catherine Arnold, Necropolis Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers Alan Sillitoe, A Start in Life Sukdhev Sandu, Night Haunts Will Self, The Book of Dave Old Father Thames - A"________________________________ Patrick McGrath, Spider Clare Clark, The Great Stink Sukhdev Sandhu, Night Haunts Jan Morris, A Writer's World Peter Ackroyd, Thames: Sacred River Stella Duffy, The Room of Lost Things Richard Eyre, National Service Tom Quinn, London's Strangest Tales Gillian Tindall, The House by the Thames Iain Sinclair, Lights Out for the Territory Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Virginia Woolf, The London Scene Maureen Waller, 1700: Scenes from London Life Ed Glinert, East End Chronicles Clare Clark, The Great Stink Pomp and Circumstances________________________________ Jan Morris, A Writer's World Justin Cartwright, Look At It This Way Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader Richard Eyre, National Service Jan Morris, A Writer's World Vita Sackville-West, The Edwardians Maeve Binchy, 'Pageantry and Splendour - ' East Enders___________________________________________ Justin Cartwright, Look At It This Way Ed Glinert, East End Chronicles Tarquin Hall, Salaam Brick Lane Ed Glinert, East End Chronicles Stella Duffy, The Room of Lost Things Monica Ali, Brick Lane Rachel Lichtenstein, On Brick Lane Iqbal Ahmed, Sorrows of the Moon Rachel Lichtenstein, On Brick Lane Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers Patrick Wright, A Journey Through Ruins Justin Cartwright, Look At It This Way Daniel Farson, Limehouse Days Justin Cartwright, Look At It This Way Up the West End_______________________________________ Ed Glinert, West End Chronicles Colin McInnes, Absolute Beginners Daniel Farson, Soho in the Fifties Ed Glinert, West End Chronicles Keith Waterhouse, Soho Virginia Woolf, The London Scene Renata Ada-Ruata, Silence in the House Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway Rudiger Gorner, London Fragments Ed Glinert, West End Chronicles Tom Quinn, London's Strangest Tales Ruth Rendell, Portobello Londoners AZ old and new_______________________________ Peter Watts, 'Rough Magic in the Park' Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography Rebecca Taylor, 'London Lives' Robert Elms, In Search of the Crack David Thomson, In Camden Town Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Winter Notes on Summer Impressions Jan Morris, A Writer's World Joseph O'Neill, Netherland James Fergusson, Kandahar Cockney Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners Francis Wheen, Karl Marx Richard Eyre, National Service Iqbal Ahmed, Sorrows of the Moon Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers David Szalay, London and the South-East Justin Cartwright, Look At It This Way London Transport__________________________________ Alice Thomas Ellis, Home Life Muriel Spark, A Far Cry from Kensington Patrick Wright, A Journey Through Ruins Diamond Geezer, 'Bus 16' Rudiger Gorner, London Fragments Iris Murdoch, A Word Child Tom Quinn, London's Strangest Tales Henry James, The Wings of the Dove H. G. Wells, Kipps Geoff Nicholson, Bleeding London Will Self, The Book of Dave Nigel Williams, My Life Closed Twice Whatever the weather___________________________________ Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers R. L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Bayard Taylor, Views Afoot Charles Dickens, Bleak House Arthur Conan Doyle, The Return of Sherlock Holmes Virginia Woolf, Orlando John Evelyn, Diary Jemma Leech, 'A Hawarden Grove Christmas' H. V. Morton, In Search of England A. N. Wilson, The Sweets of Pimlico Patrick McGrath, Spider Eduardo Reyes, 'Voysey and P Diddy: London in Summer' And the rest is history - ________________________________ Charles Nicholl, The Lodger Neil Hanson, The Dreadful Judgement Maureen Waller, 1700: Scenes from London Life Clare Clark, The Great Stink Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Barbara Cartland, We Danced All Night Penelope Fitzgerald, At Freddie's Caryl Philips, The Final Passage Rory MacLean, Revisiting Swinging Sixties London Robert Elms, In Search of the Crack Graham Swift, Waterland Norman Collins, London belongs to me