Literary London by Ed Glinert

Just when I thought I was nearing my list of things to do in London, a particularly thoughtful, highly appropriate and deeply appreciated gift, from my eldest son, sent me off on a new and fascinating round of exploration.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

The gift was a book called “Literary London, a street by street exploration of the capital’s literary heritage” by Ed Glinert. Glinert, who was born in Dalston, has already written three books about London “The London Compendium”, “East end Chronicles” and West End Chronicles. “Literary London” also appeared in a previous edition entitled “A Literary Guide to London”. His knowledge of the city, its history and the people who have lived there seems encyclopedic. His knowledge of literature is awe-inspiring.

“Literary London” is a great read. It is brilliantly written, witty and absorbing. It is full of fascinating stories about writers – famous, infamous, little known and unheard of – and the places where they worked and lived. It describes locations and buildings, from the celebrated to the obscure, which have featured in literature. It details the great London bookshops and publishing houses. It gives six great guided walks based on authors including Shakespeare and Dickens and on characters like Sherlock Holmes.

Literary London had me glued to its pages, in the Australian spring and pounding the autumn London pavements through November and into December. It took me to parts of London I would never have found, or dreamed of visiting. It brought to life parts of the city I would have probably dismissed as drab and without interest. It introduced me, too, to writers I would otherwise not have discovered.

11 thoughts on “Literary London by Ed Glinert”

  1. Hi there! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask.

    Does running a well-established blog such as yours take a massive amount work?
    I am brand new to writing a blog but I do write in my journal every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my own experience and thoughts online.
    Please let me know if you have any ideas or tips
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    1. Hi there! No, it’s not a huge amount of work, but really I’m a writer more than a blogger. I think as a blogger I have a great deal to learn. Good luck with your blog!

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