Now introducing: the London Fiction Book Group.
Come along to our first session on Tuesday 19 March 2019 in Meeting Room 2, 2nd floor of the Paul Hamlyn Library at 4-5PM. We'll be discussing The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley.
The London Fiction Collection is located on the Ground Floor of the Paul Hamlyn Library, next to the Reservations shelf and self-service machines.
You can also view all the titles on our Reading List.
Clare recommends... How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
"Tom Hazard has a secret condition. He is 400 years old but doesn’t look a day over 41. How to Stop Time is a chronologically bending love story that is both moving and exhilarating. Great for lovers of both historical and contemporary fiction. Apparently, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to star in the film. Must be good!"
Angela recommends... Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
"Part urban fantasy, part police procedural, Rivers of London is told from the PoV of a mixed race North London boy, a new Police Constable who’s just discovered that ghosts don’t make very reliable crime-scene witnesses. If you know – or want to know – London and like your mystery with a bit of magic you’ll love this"
Carmella recommends... Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
"Fingersmith is the perfect neo-Gothic novel. Set in and around Dickensian London, it has all the suspense, mystery, excitement and romance that comes with the setting, plus the one thing missing from Dickens - two women falling in love. Not to mention that plot-twist half-way through... you'll never see it coming!"
Hanna recommends... A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Julian recommends... Capital by John Lanchester
"A highly readable and entertaining look at the experience of a group of Londoners from vastly different backgrounds following the financial crash of 2008. What links them all; rich and poor, is a single street, and a mystery. Just who is sending the “We want what you have” anonymous messages to everyone?"
Sarah recommends... Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
"Where does home lie? Home Fire is a novel by Kamila Shamsie set in modern day Wembley. Aneeka and Parvaiz are adult twins who live with their older sister Isma. The family share a dark secret; their father was a jihadist who was died under torture in Afghanistan. Parvaiz grows up a geeky, gentle boy who becomes radicalised. He secretly joins ISIS, and flees to Syria, trying to live up to the father he never knew. Too late, Parvaiz realises he has made a big mistake. The UK declare Parvaiz an enemy of the state. He is trapped. The story hinges on Aneeka – can she get him home?.
Home Fire works on many levels – it re-tells Sophocle’s play Antigone in a modern setting but it’s also a family story. As a child of immigrant parents myself, what I really liked about Home Fire is the complex viewpoints and voices of the characters. Home is both safe and unsafe; the UK is all Aneeka and Parvaiz know, yet it does not know them. The ending is one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read. I’d highly recommend it."
Davina recommends... The Cuckoo's Calling
Strike and Robin Ellacott are 2 engaging characters that I warmed to instantly. The story is fast paced & intriguing but for me it was the development of Robin's character in the story that was the highlight. I am hooked on the series now and have loved all the following books.