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London Fictions

To 1900  |  1901-1930  |  1931-1960  |  1961-1990  |  1991-on


To 1900

Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) – Dermot Kavanagh

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1860-1) – David Parker

Walter Besant, All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882) – Eliza Cubitt

Amy Levy, Reuben Sachs (1888) – Susie Thomas

Margaret Harkness, Out of Work (1888) – John Lucas

Margaret Harkness, In Darkest London (1889) – Flore Janssen

Julia Frankau, A Babe in Bohemia (1889) – Lisa Robertson

George Gissing, The Nether World (1889) – Andrew Whitehead

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1890) – Andrew Lane

George Gissing, New Grub Street (1891) – Bobby Seal

Henry W. Nevinson, Neighbours of Ours (1895) – Angela V. John

Arthur Morrison, A Child of the Jago (1896) – Sarah Wise

William Pett Ridge, Mord Em’ly (1898) – Jonathon Green

M. P. Shiel, The Yellow Danger (1898) – Anne Witchard

Arthur Morrison, To London Town (1899) – Eliza Cubitt


1901-1930

Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent (1907) – Sarah Wise

A. Neil Lyons, Arthur’s (1908) – Peter Jones

Thomas Burke, Limehouse Nights (1916) – Anne Witchard

Dorothy Richardson, The Tunnel (1919) – Bobby Seal

Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room (1922) – Robert B. Todd

Arnold Bennett, Riceyman Steps (1923) – Fran Pickering

Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay (1923) – Ged Pope

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925) – Anne Fernald

Christopher Isherwood, All the Conspirators (1928) – Katharine Stevenson

Lao She, Mr Ma and Son (1929) – Anne Witchard

Patrick Hamilton, The Midnight Bell (1929) – Simon Goulding

Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (1930) – Susie Thomas

A. P. Herbert, The Water Gipsies (1930) – John Wilson


1931-1960

Pamela Hansford Johnson, This Bed Thy Centre (1935) – Zoë Fairbairns

Simon Blumenfeld, Jew Boy (1935) – Rachel Lichtenstein

John Sommerfield, May Day (1936) – John King

James Curtis, The Gilt Kid (1936) – Stefan Slater

Virginia Woolf, The Years (1937) – Nuala Casey

Samuel Beckett, Murphy (1938) – Nicolas Tredell

Sajjad Zaheer, A Night in London (1938) – Madhu Singh

John Sommerfield, Trouble in Porter Street (1939) – Andrew Whitehead

Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square (1941) – John Lucas

Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear (1943) – Nicolas Tredell

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Guignol’s Band I & II (1944 / 1964) – Claire Lozier

Norman Collins, London Belongs to Me (1945) – Séamas Duffy

Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day (1948) – Jane Miller

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) – Sarah Wise

Rose Macaulay, The World My Wilderness (1950) – Sam Wiseman

Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951) – Nicolas Tredell

Alexander Baron, Rosie Hogarth (1951) – Andrew Whitehead

Jack Lindsay, Rising Tide (1953) – Andy Croft

Iris Murdoch, Under the Net (1954) – John Wilson

Samuel Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956) – Bill Schwarz

Gerald Kersh, Fowlers End (1957) – Séamas Duffy

Colin MacInnes, City of Spades (1957) – Kate Houlden

Kevin FitzGerald, Trouble in West Two (1958) – Cathi Unsworth

Colin MacInnes, Absolute Beginners (1959) – Jerry White

E. R. Braithwaite, To Sir, With Love (1959) – Susie Thomas

Lynne Reid Banks, The L-Shaped Room (1960) – Cathi Unsworth

Colin MacInnes, Mr Love and Justice (1960) – Sam Wiseman

Colin Wilson, Ritual in the Dark (1960) – Colin Stanley


1961-1990

Colin Wilson, Adrift in Soho (1961) – Colin Stanley

Terry Taylor, Baron’s Court, All Change (1961) – Stewart Home

Laura Del-Rivo, The Furnished Room (1961) – Nicolas Tredell

Robert Poole, London E1 (1961) – Rachel Lichtenstein

Len Deighton, The Ipcress File (1962) – Nicolas Tredell

Alexander Baron, The Lowlife (1963) – Ken Worpole

B. S. Johnson, Albert Angelo (1964) – Andy Wimbush

Waguih Ghali, Beer in the Snooker Club (1964) – Susie Thomas

Anthony Cronin, The Life of Riley (1964) – Tony Murray

Nell Dunn, Poor Cow (1967) – Jane McChrystal

Kamala Markandaya, The Nowhere Man (1972) – Charles R. Larson

Lionel Davidson, The Chelsea Murders (1978) – Dermot Kavanagh

Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore (1979) – John Wilson

J. M. O’Neill, Duffy Is Dead (1987) – Ken Worpole

Muriel Spark, A Far Cry from Kensington (1988) – Jane McChrystal

Martin Amis, London Fields (1989) – Carla Scura

Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) – Susie Thomas

Neil Bartlett, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (1990) – Gregory Woods

Nigel Williams, The Wimbledon Poisoner (1990) – David Charnick


1991-on

Peter Ackroyd, The Plato Papers (1999) – David Charnick

Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000) – Lisa Gee

Chris Petit, The Hard Shoulder (2001) – Valentine Cunningham

Iain Banks, Dead Air (2002) – Courttia Newland

Monica Ali, Brick Lane (2003) – Sanchita Islam

Naomi Alderman, Disobedience (2006) – Audrey Snee

Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007) – Susie Thomas

Jonathan Kemp, London Triptych (2010) – Suneel Mehmi

Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo (2012) – Nicolas Tredell

Zadie Smith, NW (2012) – Philippa Thomas

Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train (2015) – Jo Casebourne

Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (2015) – Suneel Mehmi

Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (2017) – Andrew Whitehead

Michèle Roberts, The Walworth Beauty (2017) – Suneel Mehmi

Balli Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (2017) – Suneel Mehmi

Claire North, 84K (2018) – Suneel Mehmi

Vesna Goldsworthy, Monsieur Ka (2018) – Jane McChrystal

Tony White, The Fountain in the Forest (2018) – Suneel Mehmi