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London Fictions

Whitehead, Andrew, White, Jerry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Five Leaves Publications
Published: April 1, 2013
ISBN: 9781907869662
280 pages, Illustrations


London Fictions is a book about London, real and imagined. Two dozen contemporary writers, from Cathi Unsworth to Courttia Newland, reflect on some of the novelists and the novels that have helped define the modern city, from George Gissing to Zadie Smith, Hangover Square to Brick Lane.

It is a book about East End boys and West End girls, bed-sit land and dockland, the homeless and the homesick, immigrants and emigrants. All human life is here – high-minded Hampstead and boozy Fitzrovia, the Jewish East End, intellectual Bloomsbury and Chinese Limehouse, Black London, Asian London, Irish London, Gay London…

Andrew Whitehead on The Nether World by George Gissing
Andrew Lane on The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
Nadia Valman on Children of the Ghetto by Israel Zangwill
Angela V. John on Neighbours of Ours by Henry W. Nevinson
Sarah Wise on A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison
Anne Witchard on Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke
Heather Reyes on Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Zoë Fairbairns on This Bed Thy Centre by Pamela Hansford Johnson
Rachel Lichtenstein on Jew Boy by Simon Blumenfeld
John King on May Day by John Sommerfield
John Lucas on Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
Susan Alice Fischer on Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller
Jane Miller on The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
Andy Croft on Rising Tide by Jack Lindsay
Bill Schwarz on The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
Jerry White on Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Cathi Unsworth on The L-Shaped Roomby Lynne Reid Banks
Ken Worpole on The Lowlife by Alexander Baron
Susie Thomas on The Buddha of Suburbiaby Hanif Kureishi
Gregory Woods on Ready to Catch Him Should He Fallby Neil Bartlett
Lisa Gee on White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Valentine Cunningham on The Hard Shoulderby Chris Petit
Courttia Newland on Dead Air by Iain Banks
Sanchita Islam on Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Jon Day on Capital by John Lanchester
Philippa Thomas on NW by Zadie Smith

About the Author

Andrew Whitehead is the editor of BBC World Service News and an editor of History Workshop Journal. He is the author of A Mission in Kashmir and runs the website www.londonfictions.com Jerry White teaches London History at Birkbeck, University of London. His books include London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2002.

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