New releases: Books about London


Last week I received two new books in the post; London Villages: Explore the City’s Best Local Neighbourhoods by Zena Alkayat and A London Year: 365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals & Letters.

London Villages is a beautifully designed book that explores ‘villages’ like Exmouth Market, East Dulwich and Columbia Road whilst A London Year is an anthology of diary entries from famous diarists, with one entry for every day of the year.

I’ll let you know my thoughts in due course – A London Year could take me quite a while to plough through, but I’m looking forward to the experience!

Do you have a favourite book about London? I’m interested in your suggestions for both fiction and non-fiction (it’s always good to add to the stack of books on my bedside table).

Thanks to Frances Lincoln for the books.

4 thoughts on “New releases: Books about London

  1. rickouellette2013

    Hi Carla; Those books (esp. London Villages) look great. Since you asked I’d like to put in a word for one of my favorite book of the last few years. “In the City: A Celebration of London Music” by Paul Du Noyer. You may have read this already, but what I loved about it is that works as a sort of a historical/geographic overview of the city thru the development of it’s musical culture. Like reading two books at once, both extremely well written. He also helped answer a question I wondered about since I was a kid: Where is (or what is?) Itchykoo Park?

    1. Carla B

      Thanks for the recommendation – I haven’t read it but it sounds right up my street. I’ll definitely try to get my hands on a copy soon. The suspense is too much for me though… where is Itchykoo Park?!

      1. rickouellette2013

        He thinks it’s Little Ilford Park in East London near where the guys in Small Faces grew up. The story goes that there was a section of the park where sweethearts would go to get some privacy, though if they got too close to the brambles it would make them “itchy”! Oh, the stuff you learn from books…


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