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28 December 2017

The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) Book Group meets monthly to explore a range of London writing, with a remit covering fiction and non-fiction from all periods in London's history. We dust off old classics, explore new writing, make topical choices and use material from the archives to stimulate lively discussion.

March’s Read – Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

"Young man," he said, "understand this: there are two Londons. There's London Above - that's where you lived - and then there's London Below - the Underside - inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world. Now you're one of them. Good night."

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is a cult fantasy novel which takes the reader on a journey to London Below – a place where our protagonist, the slightly hapless Richard Mayhew, must learn to survive amongst the strange characters he finds in this shadow world of the London he knows. Gaiman’s furious imagination creates a place that is in some ways very familiar, bound by rules and social hierarchies and ripe for satire, but also completely alien; where things are not always as they seem.

Suspend your disbelief and join us on Wednesday 14 March at 6pm. Suitably strange archives will be on display, and document viewing will continue until 7.30pm.

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  • The next book group meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday 17 March at LMA.
  • The book group is free, but booking is recommended.
  • You can book to attend this event on the Eventbrite website.

Previous titles read by the book group

  • John Gay - Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London
  • Adam Foulds - The Quickening Maze
  • Michael Moorcock - Mother London
  • Marie Belloc Lowndes - The Lodger
  • Lao She - Mr Ma and Son
  • H.G. Wells - Ann Veronica
  • Patience Agbabi - Telling Tales
  • Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London
  • Monica Ali - Brick Lane
  • Daniel Defoe - Moll Flanders
  • Sukhdev Sandhu - Night Haunts
  • Charles Dickens - Bleak House
  • Evelyn Waugh - Vile Bodies
  • Penelope Fitzgerald - Offshore
  • George Gissing - The Nether World
  • Rachel Lichtenstein - Diamond Street
  • Jack London - The People of the Abyss
  • Pat Barker - Toby's Room
  • Louisa Young - My Dear I Wanted To Tell You
  • John Lanchester - Capital
  • Anthony Trollope - The Way We Live Now
  • Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway
  • Norman Collins - The Lonely Londoners
  • Patrick Hamilton - Hangover Square
  • Peter Ackroyd - Lambs of London
  • Angela Carter - Wise Children
  • James Boswell - London Journal
  • Joesph Conrad - The Secret Agent
  • Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year
  • Elizabeth Bowen - The Heat of the Day
  • Iain Sinclair - London Orbital
  • Samuel Richardson - Clarissa
  • Gillian Slovo - Ten Days
  • Wendy Moore - How to Create the Perfect Wife
  • Gillian Tindall - The House by the Thames - and the People who Lived There
  • Claire Tomalin - Samuel Pepys – The Unequalled Self
  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys
  • Jean Rhys – Voyage in the Dark
  • Frances Burney - Evelina
  • George Orwell - 1984
  • Amy Levy - Reuben Sachs
  • Colin MacInnes - Absolute Beginners
  • Nell Dunn - Up the Junction and Poor cow
  • Travis Elborough - London Bridge in America
  • Elizabeth Taylor - Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
  • George Gissing - New Grub Street
  • Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train
  • Rose Macaulay - The World My Wilderness
  • Ian McEwan - Saturday
  • Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Published:
10 June 2013
Last Modified:
16 February 2018

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