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100 Must-Read Novels Set in London

There’s a reason cities are such fertile terrain for novels: they’re full to the brim with people, in all their variety. Rich, poor, hopeless or spurred by the dream that brought them to the city in the first place, they come from all over the world and speak many languages, many varieties of each of those languages. London epitomises all of those things, and so here is your list of 100 novels wholly or partly set there — in different parts of the city, in different sort of communities, at different points in history.

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list, and like all non-exhaustive lists the choices made for its content are, to some extent, subjective. But nonetheless, these books will give you a good feel for the history, culture, and geography of London.

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