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The Gate of Angels

The Gate of Angels

Author(s): Penelope Fitzgerald

Location(s): Cambridge, London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1912

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Set in Cambridge and London in 1912, The Gate of Angels is a love story and a novel of ideas. Fred, a rector’s son, has abandoned religion for observable truths, whereas the undereducated Daisy is a Christian for whom...

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The Lonely Londoners

The Lonely Londoners

Author(s): Sam Selvon

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s

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Atmospheric London of the 50s when Trinidadians started to come to England – from the sunny homeland to the grey pavements of England. This is the story of lives and experiences, in a Creole voice.

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The Lost Garden

The Lost Garden

Author(s): Helen Humphreys

Location(s): Devon, London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW2

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It’s Spring 1941 and London is being destroyed by the Blitz. Gwen Davis, a young horticulturist, leaves the city for the Devon countryside. In charge of a troop of Land Girls, her job is to rebuild the grounds of...

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The New Mrs Clifton

The New Mrs Clifton

Author(s): Elizabeth Buchan

Location(s): Berlin, Clapham, London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Post World War Two

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As the Second World War draws to a close, Gus Clifton, having been working with the interrogation teams in Germany and out of touch with his family, surprises his sisters at their home. But an even greater shock is...

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The Night Visitor

The Night Visitor

Author(s): Lucy Atkins

Location(s): London, Sussex, The South of France (Le Midi)

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

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Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of...

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The Nowhere Man

The Nowhere Man

Author(s): Kamala Markandaya

Location(s): India, South London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s

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A story of racial violence on the streets of south east London in the 1960s. First published in 1972, the book still has contemporary resonance. Features an extensive new introduction from Paris Review columnist Emma Garman. Srinivas, an elderly...

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The Road Home

The Road Home

Author(s): Rose Tremain

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daugher and his outrageous friend Rudi who – dreaming of the wealthy West – lives...

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The Stolen Girl

The Stolen Girl

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): Bangalore, London, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back

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‘Your mother has been arrested. She stole you.’ For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her...

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Tuesday Falling

Tuesday Falling

Author(s): S Williams

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

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You’ve never met anyone like Tuesday. She has suffered extreme cruelty at the hands of men, and so has taken it upon herself to seek vengeance. She wants to protect and help others like her, to ease their suffering....

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What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story

What Goes Around: A London Cycle Courier’s Story

Author(s): Emily Chappell

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

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Emily Chappell never meant to be a cycle courier. She planned to earn her living using her mind rather than her legs. She thought it’d be a useful stopgap while searching for a ‘real’ job. Today, six years on,...

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