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Novels set in London (Percy Passage, Schmidt’s and Fitzrovia)

19th November 2012

OK, we are being very single minded about this post. Two novels set in a tiny part of London, but if you don’t know this area of the metropole, then make a detour, it’s lovely and quirky!

Post Offic TowerWe have drilled down to Fitzrovia in London, a small area, with quiet streets, jaunty pubs, innovative eateries, ad agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, not to mention PR Agency Forest Laskin) and a bit of history, all at the base of the Post Office Tower. To older London cognoscenti it is an area famed for its erstwhile German Restaurant, Schmidt’s (the surly waiters, bad service, cheap prices and the mustachioed woman will have engraved themselves into many a fond memory!). Echoes abound of the rich and famous – those who have drunk at the Fitzroy Tavern (after which the area is named), and those who have lived there, including George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. This eclectic little enclave, just minutes from Oxford Street has spawned some top novels that bring the area to life. Just click on the covers for more information or if you wish to buy a copy.

0099469685.01.ZTZZZZZZFrom the quintessential English author, Ian McEwan, comes this novel: “Saturday” …Lead character Henry Perowne is up very early one Saturday morning. He looks out of his window and sees a plane crashing. His day gets no better when he is assaulted, and with huge consequences that play out on his values and what he holds dear.

And we at TF are guessing that Henry makes his observations from Fitzroy Square. What do you think?


0091919029.01.ZTZZZZZZCharlotte Street by Danny Wallace. Jason is a former teacher, who now works as a journalist on a free newspaper. One day he sees an attractive woman with loads of bags trying to get into a taxi. He endeavours to help and as she is driven away he realises he is still clutching her camera. In order to try and return it he has the photos developed and gradually realises he has fallen for her….

If you like Nick Hornby, then you are very likely to like this book too!


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