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Fore Street, City of London, showing bomb damage in 1940

Fore Street, City of London, showing bomb damage in 1940
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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.

September's read –  The World My Wilderness by Rose Macaulay

Wednesday 13 September – 6pm

The year is 1946 and in the confusion of post-war France, Barbary Deniston is sent to the care of her father in England. London is drab and austere, a striking contrast to her Provencal home. However, it is in the bombed but flowering waste land in the area around St Paul’s that she finds an echo of the wilderness of Provence, and this haunting novel explores her spiritual awakening.

Famed for its description of the natural world, it is a rare contemporary account of the ruins of the City of London in the aftermath of the Blitz.

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  • The next book group meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday 13 September at LMA.
  • The book group is free, but booking is recommended.
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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
Published:
10 June 2013
Last Modified:
16 August 2017

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