Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. You can check out this week's topic here and for a list of future topics head here. As someone born in London (lived there till I was 8) it's one of my favourite book settings. However, it was surprisingly hard to put this list together, I tried to choose from a variety of genres - although historical fiction definitely wins out!
1) Tainted Angel by Anne Cleeland
Full of secrets, and twists and hidden agendas this is such a great read and the London of this novel is a very interesting one.
2) The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James
The first Simone St. James book I ever read and my overall favourite, this is set in a London teeming with ghosts and the insights into a post-war London were great.
3) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
As my favourite Classic this was guaranteed to make the list. London is one of the "Two Cities" of the title and is brilliantly and evocatively written. You almost feel like you're genuinely there.
4) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This is almost an alternate London. There are certainly more automatons and demons than you would generally find in a London of this time. But I love this series so it had to make the list.
5) Soulless by Gail Carriger
Definitely an alternate London. But still very recognisably London. Although there are added werewolves and vampires, there is still a Queen Victoria and the social dictates of the time seem to be pretty similar to reality. Not to mention the obsession with tea!
6) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
This is very obviously an American view of London, there are a few parts that just didn't ring true (like the school life) but I lose myself in this world and these characters everytime I pick up a book in this series!
7) The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
Both the books and the TV series were great. I love the mystery and the characters and the setting is so compellingly written.
8) A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess
One of my all time favourite contemporaries and also one of the most British books I have ever read. Where Shades of London was clearly an American view of London this is quite clearly British. The cultural references, the way the characters speak, everything felt true to real life. This book makes me feel at home!
9) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I have read and re-read this book so many times since I was a child and it never fails to move me. You get at least two views of London in this, the priveleged Sara of the beginning of the book gets shopping and pampering whilst the poor Sara of the rest of the book encounters many of the sadder aspects of London.
10) Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
This is a really fun view of London. It seems to be historically accurate and I loved the family details but it was the references to things such as the Tower of London (and the ravens) that really made me fall for this series. That and the brilliant characters!