Historical books set in London

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Historical books set in London

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May 30, 2007, 10:30am

I love learning about places, getting a feel for the place and period, by reading a book. For London the best I've read set in Elizabethan times is An Eye of Death by George Rees. What are your favourites?

May 30, 2007, 10:57am

The best historical novel I've read set in London is The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber.Normally, I read tome upon tome of factual London history but that novel captured some aspects of Victorian life brilliantly.

May 30, 2007, 11:03am

Another good one is The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (touchstone does not seem to be working....nuisance!).

I am sure I will think of others, and I will make sure to post them.

Edited: Sep 7, 2007, 5:49am

I loved both The Crimson Petal and the White and The Meaning of Night....

... and I would add Elizabeth Redfern to the list.

(sorry,touchstones refusing to work.)

Sep 11, 2007, 10:28pm

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey is a fabulous take on Dickens' London, told from the point of view of a Magwitch-like character returning to London after transportation.

I just finished A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss, a very entertaining tilt at a detective novel set in the London of 1719. Quite good on the criminal justice system (such as it was), on thief-takers, Jonathan Wild, the growth of the capital markets, and the South Sea Bubble. Good characters and a fun read. The voice is quite well done, too -- some of the rhythms of 18th century prose without compromising readability. Recommended.