Even More London Books

London, Reading & Writing

The Londonist has picked up on my London book choices and has augmented with a very nice list of their own top London books.Surprisingly, they’ve missed off one of the best – ‘Underground London’ by Stephen Smith.

London the Encyclopaedia, Christopher Hibbert, et al.
Night Haunts, Sukhdev Sandhu
London the Biography, Peter Ackroyd
Lights Out for the Territory, Iain Sinclair
London: A Social History, Roy Porter
Lost London: 1870-1945, Philip Davies
In Search of London, H.V. Morton
The Annals of London, John Richardson
Mapping London, Simon Foxell
Medical London, Richard Barnett
London Lore, Steve Roud
The Times History of London, Hugh Clout
Secret London – An Unusual Guide, Rachel Howard
Subterranean City, Antony Clayton
Violent London, Clive Bloom

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4 comments on “Even More London Books”

  1. M@ says:

    I very, very nearly put Smith’s book in, as it happens. Definitely worth a read, and the journalistic tone is a good complement to Antony’s more scholarly treatment. Both are fine accounts. I haven’t read City of Laughter yet, but it’s on my list.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    Forty years ago, when we were members of the Readers Union, we garnered a number of Christopher Hibbert Books – George IV, Charles I and Samuel Johnson. Somehow that’s always where that author’s name takes me and was there anything that H V Morton did not go in search of?
    Are London students encouraged to learn the history of their own neighbourhood? We have a not too bad historical atlas of Vancouver with a detailed map for each decade. I used to draw up a project for twelve year olds involving the area around their school to encourage them to go out and look.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    BRITISH PUBLIC LIBRARIES I don’t usually shout but I have just read Philip Pullman’s speech defending the libraries of Oxfordshire against the proposed budget cuts which will result in 20 of the current 43 libraries being cut. His complete speech can be read at


    Perhaps it is also available through openDemocracy.

    I understand the need for cuts in the current economic times but don’t cut the few things which make life tolerable for those with no discretionary income at all.
    Thank you for your tolerance of my ranting
    a former school librarian

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