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The Get London Reading ("[e]ncouraging Londoners to make more time for reading") project came to my attention the other day when a young man shoved a copy of The Rough Guide to London by the Book into my hand as I was running to catch a train back to sunny Stockport after a day in a very cold London. The guide is "[p]acked with obscure and intriguing information (How did Graham Greene survive the bombing of his Clapham house in 1941? Which nineteenth-century poet was in the habit of sliding naked down the banisters?), it chronicles the waves of novelists, poets and playwrights who have lived in London over the centuries, written about it, and developed its identity as a result." You can download (pdf!) a copy if you fancy a gander.

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