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Contemporary London Fiction

The London of the 21st century is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city whose residents speak hundreds of different languages. It is a city of huge contrasts, with billionaires living in some of the most expensive properties in the world but homeless thousands sleeping rough every night. Amidst these contrasting fortunes are almost limitless enterprise and cultural diversity, making Dr Samuel Johnson's famous quotation of 1777 as true today as it ever was: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

These are our favourite novels depicting the London that we know and love today.

 

Comtemporary London Fiction

Swing Time
(Hardback)
Zadie Smith
 
'Smith's finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous' Observer 'Superb' Financial Times 'Breathtaking' TLS 'Pitch-perfect' Daily Telegraph'A tale of two girls who meet ...
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The Lesser Bohemians
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Eimear McBride
 
An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl...
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Thirst
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Kerry Hudson
 
London, in the frayed heat of summer. Alena is shoplifting shoes when Dave catches her in the act and so begins an unlikely relationship between two people with little in...
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Foreign Affairs
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Alison Lurie
 
A Pulitzer Prize-winning story which is both a comedy and a poignant love story about two American academics in London. The separate paths of these two lonely and naive innocents...
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White Teeth
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Zadie Smith
Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of...
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Brick Lane
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Monica Ali
 
Still a teenager Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage to a man twenty years older. Moved away from her childhood village, Nazneen is moved to London, not knowing a...
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The Road Home
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Rose Tremain
Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi...
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Capital
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John Lanchester
 
The residents of Pepys Road, London - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an elderly woman dying of a brain tumour, the Pakistani family who run the local shop, the...
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Saturday
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Ian McEwan
Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne, a successful neurosurgeon, stands at his bedroom window before dawn and watches a plane - ablaze with fire like a meteor - arcing across...
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The Room of Lost Things
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Stella Duffy
 
* A brilliant new novel from the author of Singling out the Couples, State of Happiness and Parallel Lies
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Millennium People
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J. G. Ballard; Iain Sinclair
 
Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes.
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Notes on a Scandal
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Zoe Heller
 
From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St George's history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced she has found a kindred spirit. This title explores...
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Pattern Recognition
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William Gibson
 
Cayce Pollard owes her living to her pathological sensitivity to logos. In London to consult for the world's coolest ad agency, she finds herself catapulted, via her addiction to a...
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Londonstani
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Gautam Malkani
 
`Londonstani', Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut, reveals a Britain that has never before been explored in the novel: a country of young Asians and white boys (desis and goras) trying to...
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A Week in December
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Sebastian Faulks
Combining the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life, this title deals with themes such as greed, the dehumanising effects of the electronic age and the fragmentation of society.
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