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Baker Street in 1895

Baker Street in 1895
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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.

December’s Read: Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday 13 December, 6pm.

Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most famous literary figure associated with London – to the extent that some mistake him for one of the capital’s historical figures. The detective with super sleuth powers has been remade by each new generation of readers and viewers through television and film versions of the stories, but in December’s book group we will go back to the original source.

London itself plays a central role in Doyle’s vision, his fog bound streets now inextricably linked with our idea of Victorian London. What does Doyle tell us about London through these works?

A display of original documents from the archives will be on display.

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Event guidance

  • The next book group meeting is at 6pm on Wednesday 13 December 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
10 June 2013
Last Modified:
22 November 2017