12 Essential Novels of Modern London

London’s calling

It's not all glitz and glamour in the UK capital. Travel to the Big Smoke with these novels that reflect the reality of life in modern London.

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Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

1. Pigeon English

Stephen Kelman
Brick Lane cover

2. Brick Lane

Monica Ali
Londonstani by Gautam Malkani

4. Londonstani

Gautam Malkani
Dead Air by Iain Banks

9. Dead Air

Iain Banks
Bleeding London by Geoff Nicholson

10. Bleeding London

Geoff Nicholson
King Rat by China Mieville

11. King Rat

China Mieville
White Teeth by Zadie Smith

12. White Teeth

Zadie Smith

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Danny Scott
Danny Scott

Danny Scott is Scottish Book Trust's Digital Marketing Manager

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