After a very warm summer, unusual for London’s weather, autumn is coming with
its first rains and its lower temperatures.
It is the perfect time to plan new autumnal trips or simply to store summer
clothes and read a good book.
Inspired by this atmosphere, we decided to give you our reading advices, dedicated to all tourists and travelers who visited London in last weeks and in these times of returns are feeling nostalgic for this wonderful city; but they are also perfect for everyone still has to leave for London, for a late but just relax, and is packing right now.
In both cases, reading these books will give you back (or will anticipate) a little bit of London and its charm. Some books, some novels, have the power to show new things about places in which they are set, even if readers are from the same place the novelist is writing about. So, if you are from here, keep on reading and let us know. Here are our reading advices:
“Mr Gwyn”, by Alessandro Baricco
An intimist Italian novel. Its main character is a writer: Mr Gwyn.
The story begins with a letter written by Mr Gwyn and published by the well-known English newspaper “The Guardian”. It contains a list, with 52 things the man does not want to do anymore. One of 52 is just writing.
A sensitive story, mental and poetic as most Baricco’s stories. It is set in a contemporary London, interesting scenery for a tale made by internal, microscopic emotional shifts and based on an unforgettable, original writing.
“NW”, by Zadie Smith
An internal point of view about UK’s capital city, by the young and widely estimated English writer of “White Teeth”. A novel which shows us a London told just from NW: which means North West, title of this book and emblem of suburbs, places and stories which often escape by traditional tales of a city, of a place.
Zadie Smith’s novel is epic and contemporary at the same time. It builds a London sometimes cruel, sometimes breathtaking, through a writing which is one of the most powerful strength of the story.
“London”, by Damian Harper, Steve Fallon, Emilie Filou and Sally Shafer
Published by Lonely Planet, this reading advice is not dedicated to a novel. It is “simply” about a book, a guide, but for its careful shape, for the good writing and for its narrative layout, it deserves to be your closest companion during your London’s visit.
Every worthy traveler needs a guide to study and plan, to spend time in the best possible way, but this guide specifically can accompany you as a story can do, in a very narrative way.
Treasure of this precious voice which will accompany you, step by step, and do not forget to crumple it, to underline it and to fill it with your notes. Just like books, also guides are better if they look lived.
Complete works of Charles Dickens
Making a choice among Dickens’s works is hard. Everything you decide to read is a right reading to live London’s ancient atmosphere.
If you want humor (“The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club”), as if you prefer one of his social novels (“Oliver Twist”, “David Copperfield”, “Hard Times: For These Times”), Dickens is one the landmark of the whole English literature, so, any choice you will do, you will not be wrong. But if you prefer having an opinion, an advice, well, be aware that reading once more “A Christmas Carol” is always moving, each times as the first one. So, do not forget to consider it, while you chose your next story to read, among our reading advices.