City-Lit: London

by Heather Reyes

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LoveReading Expert Review of City-Lit: London


June 2009 Book of the Month.


Whether you are visiting or simply want to read interesting literature about one of the greatest cities in the world pick up a city-lit guide and be transported away. Let Will Self take you in to the mind of a London cabby or experience a shopping trip on Oxford Street with Virginia Woolf, Dostoyevsky takes a stroll down the Haymarket and Joseph Conrad takes a look at the Thames. See London as you have never seen it before with the help of some truly great writers.



City-Lit: London Synopsis

London is the world's most happening, most exciting and most diverse city. From Roman stronghold and capital of the British Empire to financial powerhouse and city of the 2012 Olympics, London has always looked to the past and the future.

No one reflects this complexity better than London's writers, whether home-grown, adopted or simply visiting. city-lit  London offers us the best ever writing on this amazing city with over sixty dazzling writers. Join them as

Will Self gets inside the head of a London cabby
Jan Morris flies in to Heathrow
Monica Ali smells the curry on Brick Lane
Alan Bennett gives us a ride in the Queen's carriage
Xiaolu Guo enjoys a greasy spoon café in Hackney
Helen Simpson takes us for a stroll on Hampstead Heath
Beryl Bainbridge attends Dr Johnson's funeral in
Westminster Abbey
Virginia Woolf goes shopping in Oxford Street
Dostoyevsky strolls down the Haymarket ...

Includes special introduction by Peter Watts, Big Smoke Editor of Time Out.


About This Edition

ISBN: 9780955970054
Publication date: 16th June 2009
Author: Heather Reyes
Publisher: Oxygen Books
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Travel
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Heather Reyes Press Reviews

‘The second volume in this enticing new series includes extracts from the work of 60 wonderfully diverse writers, including Will Self, Monica Ali, Alan Bennett, Dostoyevsky, and yes, Barbara Cartland (writing about a West End ball) – Editor’s Pick, The Bookseller


'This treasure trove of a book consists of a diverse collection of literary excerpts that provide a unique way to explore the ever-changing landscape of the city, through the voices of those that know it intimately' - Rachel Lichtenstein, author of On Brick Lane


‘For those visitors to London who seek to do more than bag Big Ben and Buckingham Palace this is the ideal guide, a collection of writings that expose not only the city’s secret places but its very soul. The topography, culture and unquenchable spirit of this extraordinary city are brought sparklingly to life by some the finest writers imaginable, past and present, among whom I am proud to be included. I can’t imagine a more perfect travelling companion than this wonderful anthology.’ Clare Clark, author of The Great Stink


'Brings London to life past and  present in a way no conventional guide book could ever achieve.' Tarquin Hall, author of Salaam Brick Lane


'An attractive-looking list of destination-based literature anthologies' - The Independent

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About Heather Reyes

Heather Reyes is author of two novels, Zade and Miranda Road, and An Everywhere: a little book about reading - and its 'companion' gift book, Bookworms, Dog-ears, and Squashy Big Armchairs: a book-lover's alphabet, published this autumn. She has also published many short stories, along with essays and reviews of contemporary literature and Virginia Woolf. She has edited nine anthologies of writing about cities for the Oxygen Books' city-pick series - on Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, Venice, New York, St Petersburg and Istanbul. She's a dedicated lover of cities, jazz, classical music, art, photography, theatre ... and books.   Author ...

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