The rich history of London has inspired countless novels, author and therapist Mike Delaney gives us five of his favourites.
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
This award-winning novel describes the fictional but authentic experiences of a group of West Indians living in London in the 1950s and tackles issues such as racism, loneliness and belonging, through the eyes of each character.
The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
A captivating story which weaves back and forth between present day and 1940s London. An antiques dealer finds a diary dating back to World War II and is drawn into the story of a young woman who was a gunner girl during the Blitz.
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Set in Victorian London, this is a complex story of an orphan filled with deception, betrayal and unexpected twists as she tries to secure her financial future through a swindle. But it doesn’t all go as she had hoped.
Island Songs by Alex Wheatle
A skilfully crafted story depicting the experiences of two Caribbean sisters as they navigate a new life in Brixton, South London, and the various difficulties which their relationship must endure in order to survive.