London Fictions is a book about London, real and imagined. Two dozen contemporary writers, from Cathi Unsworth to Courttia Newland to Rachel Lichtenstein, 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...
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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’s books include London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, London in the Nineteenth Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God and London in the Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing. He teaches London history at Birkbeck and is a former Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney.