Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Summer Reading Project: London
In February, I read London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd and really enjoyed it. It's a brief book that explores the past and present of the rivers and tunnels beneath London. It was something that I knew very little about and it definitely whet my appetite for the subject. But then, as frequently happens, I got distracted by other books and briefly forgot about the interest.
Then, last week, I was already missing the quirky Bryant and amiable May so I picked up the second book in Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crimes Unit series, The Water Room. Coincidentally, some of the plot is about the rivers beneath London (the rest is about the damp above ground) and it renewed my interest. Therefore, I've decided to take a bit of a literary journey into London this summer and all it has to offer, both above and below.
The base of my project is going to be Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography. Funnily, the first chapter was about ... the rivers of London! Once I finish The Water Room, I'm going to re-read Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere to continue the underground theme. I'm not sure yet where I'll go from there but, since The Biography is over 700 pages long and will take at least the summer to read, I'll have plenty of time to pair fiction reads with it.
Do you have a favorite book about London?
Heading over the pond,