A woman’s body is pulled from the Thames river
in Linda Grant’s novel 'A Stranger City'
Some of the city’s best riverside pubs can be found
near the un-loved west London neighbourhood of Gunnersbury
where a number of Grant’s characters live
The City Barge is perhaps the best of them all
In Zadie Smith’s 'NW' the lives of the four central characters
are deeply rooted in the Kilburn High Road
“A local tip:”, writes Smith, "the bus stop outside Kilburn’s Poundland
is the site of many of the more engaging conversations
to be heard in the city of London”
In Ali Smith’s 'There But For The' we see Greenwich
through the eyes of the 10-year-old dinner party guest Brooke
Do as Brooke does and take a book to the Pavilion Cafe
next to the observatory in Greenwich Park, before you leave
When Bernardine Evaristo was writing 'Mr Loverman'
she situate her main character in Dalston, Hackney,
as it was in the eighties.
She still finds places to love there these days
She recommends the Arcola Theatre in particular