The Books in London map locates more than 400 books either set in, or about, the capital.

You'll find Absolute Beginners in Ladbroke Grove, Nick Hornby around Highbury and Brick Lane in Shoreditch.

The website also offers The Rough Guide to London by the Book as a PDF download.

From Bloomsbury to Bromley, Geoffrey Chaucer to Zadie Smith, London by the Book is a guide to the city through writers and their writing. Packed with obscure and intriguing information (How did Graham Greene survive the bombing of his Clapham house in 1941? Which nineteenth-century poet was in the habit of sliding naked down the banisters?), it chronicles the waves of novelists, poets and playwrights who have lived in London over the centuries, written about it, and developed its identity as a result.

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Comment by Lindach on February 24, 2009 at 15:46
Great blog post. I lived in Ladbroke Grove in the early 70s very close it seems to where Abosolute Beginners is set!
Comment by Bern on February 24, 2009 at 20:12
Comment by Lindach on February 25, 2009 at 11:24
Thanks for that.How do you find such greats sites! I had a look and it had a lot of interesting stuff. There was a big protest about the Westway flyover featured on the site which had opened about a year before I moved there. It actually ran at the back of our garden and we had a great view from our kitchen window! Not. I didn't realise that there had been so much opossition to the road as it all happened before I moved to London. Also really interesting for me was that the article I looked at about the protest features Mick Farren who wrote one of my favourite vampire series which commences with the book "The Time of the Feasting". It's really spooky how connected things are in one's life!

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