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L is LONDON

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The alphabet L has been a difficult alphabet to choose a city or country. Even though I have been using countries for all the alphabets but I wanted to have London for this one since U is already taken. Even S has a lot of contenders, let’s see what I choose.

London, Britain, England or the United Kingdom is the home high society, literature, magic and an endless supply of excellent, diverse books. If I were to choose a few even then I cannot create the perfect list. Tell me what you think of my choices.

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Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment?

Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

Luminously beautiful, Mrs. Dalloway uses the internal monologues of the characters to tell a story of inter-war England. With this, Virginia Woolf changed the novel forever.

MRS DALLOWAY (published on 14 May 1925) is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post–First World War England. It is one of Woolf’s best-known novels. Created from two short stories, “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” and the unfinished “The Prime Minister,” the novel addresses Clarissa’s preparations for a party she will host that evening. With an interior perspective, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure. In October 2005, Mrs Dalloway was included on Time’s list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. 

The audiobook is free and available on audible. I have the free kindle edition and plan to read it soon.

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The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi 

BLURB – “My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost…” The hero of Hanif Kureishi’s debut novel is dreamy teenager Karim, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving – albeit with some rude and raucous results. With the publication of Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi landed into the literary landscape as a distinct new voice and a fearless taboo-breaking writer. The novel inspired a ground-breaking BBC series featuring a soundtrack by David Bowie.

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J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith

The most famous author in the UK right now also has a pseudonym and write crime thrillers. What do we not love about J K Rowling? Have you read the Harry Potter Series? Any of her crime series? The Cuckoo Calling is the first books of the five-part series.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

BLURB – When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get and the closer he gets to terrible danger. A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes

BLURB – The book features Louisa Clark and Will Traynor as its main characters. It explores the question of whether love can bring two people who had nothing in common together by giving them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an unassuming and ordinary young woman with an even more ordinary life. She calls herself ‘one of the invisibles’ and refers to her steady boyfriend, a personal trainer, in a similar manner. She was scared by boys with beer several years prior to the beginning of the story and has, as a result, never ventured out of the borders of the sleepy village that she lives in. When the café that she works in closes down, she realises that she has no employable skills. She takes a job as Will Traynor’s caretaker. Will is wheelchair-bound after an accident, which has turned him into a temperamental and rude being. Before the accident, Will lived life on a large scale, doing big business, engaging in extreme sports, and travelling the world, and now he can’t walk or even feed himself. He is bossy and moody, and convinced that the only thing he has control over is his own death.

Lou realises that she must grow a backbone to compensate for Will’s broken one, and throws herself into finding ways to make him happy. He becomes involved with teaching her how to stand up for herself and take risks, and she finds herself becoming stronger and more bold the more time that she spends with him. However, she soon finds out that he has plans to end his own life, and must scramble to give him a reason to live. Will she be able to?

The author has woven a touching and heart-wrenching story through simple language and the creation of relatable, flawed, and complex characters.

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Jeffrey Archer

I just love his books, have read all of them except the new series The Clifton Chronicles. Hope to binge read them soon 🙂

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Cecelia Ahern

Have finished Flawed in two days, read nonstop. The book was recommended by a friend’s teenage daughter and I loved it as the concept of the book is ageless. Now I am reading the sequel, Perfect.

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Britain arguably has more famous writers than any other country, their works spanning every period of history and many literary styles.
From Anglo-Saxon poets to the incomparable JK Rowling, here’s our tour of Britain’s best writers from the distant past to the present day. You can read more here.

What do you think, did I get the right kind of authors? I know I missed the classics but those are what UK is famous for.

Any other that you fell must be added to this list?

Tell me your favorite except Harry Potter? 😀 😉

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A to Z of  Incredible Indian Authors was my previous theme and you can read the posts here.

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