Being the largest (and one of the best) cities in the country, it’s not surprising that London has provided writers with plenty of inspiration over the years. We would be hard pressed to find a British novelist who hasn’t set at least one of their novels here.
Why are so many books based in the city of London? Is it because of the rich history? Because it’s the home of the royal family? Or because it’s forever being reinvented through the pens of literary greats – new and old.
What are your favourite novels that are based in London? Here is just a small selection of ours.
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophia Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic is the first book in the bestselling ‘Shopaholic’ series. The book follows Rebecca Bloomwood – a journalist living in London. Despite being a journalist for a financial company (which she hates), she knows nothing about money. This is evident through the debt she finds herself in after spending thousands on credit cards due to her shopping addiction.
She lives in a flat in one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods and shops in London’s very best (and expensive) shops. London isn’t the main focus of the books but it does go to show what some people who live in London feel like they need to do to stay stylish and trendy.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A lot of Dickens novels are set in London, in which London is actually seen as almost a character in these stories, rather than just a location. Dickens said that London ‘fired’ his imagination and helped him to write some of his very best novels.
Great Expectations, Dickens’s thirteenth novel, was set in both Kent and London in the 1800s. His description of London as being somewhere that was ‘ugly, narrow, and dirty’ is something that was accurate for the city back then – it’s drastically improved over time.
About a Boy by Nick Hornby
Set in London in 1993, About a Boy is a coming of age novel that tells the story of a 36 year old bachelor Will and a introverted young school boy; Marcus. The two strike up an unlikely friendship after Will lies about having a child in order to win a date with single mothers at a single parent event.
Will is described as living in a rich part of London, where money is a big thing yet a lot of the rich people are lonely and bored.
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