The Society’s “Writing London” event last month saw Tom Bolton, Rachel Holdsworth and Andrew Humphreys discussing with London Society Journal editor Jessica Cargill Thompson just what made “great” London writing.
As part of the evening, we asked the audience, and our social media followers, to tell us their favourite London books. We deliberately left it wide open – these could be fiction or non-fiction, biographies, photo books, history, diaries, guide books – whatever.
Given the knowledge and interests of Society members, I was half-expecting a list of worthy history books, architectural monographs and obscure antiquarian oddities, so the first surprise was the number of novels that featured. The second was the breadth of titles mentioned – although a few books were mentioned more than once, no clear ‘winner’ could be said to exist; proof, perhaps of the sheer number of works that continue to be written about or to feature the capital (and the eclectic taste of Society members).
Here are some of those that London Society members recommend. We have now partnered with John Sandoe Books of Chelsea to offer a range of London books direct to members. Click here for more information