In Merlin Coverley's useful, if fairly pedestrian, overview of London Writing (Pocket Essentials), the author gives a nice list of The Thirty Essential London Novels. They are, he suggests:

Readers Comments

  1. Hari Ramanathan Thursday 15 January 2009

    Thank you very much for posting this list. Like many of the authors listed above, I too am extremely fond of London and hopefully one day I too will be able to add a work worthy of joining the list. :)

  2. I'm looking for two novels that portray two different views of London. Which two would you recommend?

  3. Thanks a lot for this extensive list. I'm fascinated by London and its literary representations. Some of the books on the list I had never even heard of, so I guess I'll have a lot of catching up to do.
    What about Geoff Nicholson's Bleeding London? Well worth adding to the list, I think.

  4. Glaring omission of Zadie Smith's blockbuster debut comic novel of multicultural London WHITE TEETH (2000).

  5. Must add "London Belongs to Me" (1945) by Norman Collins
    and probably "The Lodger" (1913) by Marie Belloc Lowndes

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