What are the best novels set in London?

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    #1Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Angela Spencer
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I was looking more for books that are set in present-day or past London rather than a 600 years in the future dystopian London, but this is not bad too! The premise seems a bit worn. Even if it was written in 1932, today's best seller list is over-saturated with cynical dystopia stories. I'll give it a chance though."
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    Possession is a bestselling historical fiction novel by English author A.S. Byatt. It won the Man Booker Prize in 1990, and it tells the story of the academics as they study the lives of two Victorian poets.


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    Howard Gibson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If you're a poetry lover this is the book for you. It contains a vast amount of poetry in it. Its also something that fans of the Victorian era will enjoy to read. However, this is not even close to being considered as best novel set in London. Too many classics out there that are way ahead of this book. Poetry lovers will enjoy but others will pass on it as I did after reading a few pages. "
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    #3A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.


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    Judith Harper
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This novel is a classic with a London setting making it the perfect solution for this search. There's a reason this book ends up on my high school or college reading requirements and that's because it is one of the best novels ever written."
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    #4The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    Teresa Walker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is a classic and must read for literature fans. It's a little depressing and (certainly) ponderous at times. But it's well worth the time. I read it first, years ago, in college - and it has stayed with me for many years. I reread it a few years ago, when I hit 'middle age' and it had even more import. This book asks the big questions, so be prepared that it will sit with your for years. It is set in London, of course, but it's a period book, and somewhat scholarly - so be prepared for both those things. "
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    #5Bridget Jones's Diary

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Bridget Jones's Diary is a best-selling chick-lit novel by British author Helen Fielding. It follows the life of Bridget Jones through the ups and downs. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth.


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    Ruth Ramirez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Oh what a ride! Poor Bridget, a little chubby and worried about things, but willing - and able - to give things a go no matter what. By turns funny and a little sad-like, you will be unable to stop reading. Who can't relate to Bridget's struggles? She speaks for all of us."
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    #6Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Confessions of a Shopaholic
    Confession of a Shopaholic is a romance novel by Sophia Kinsella. It tells the story of Becky Bloomwood, who takes shopping to the next level and suffers the consequences in the form bad credit and constant letters from the bank.

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    Roger Fox
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "this novel is set in london"
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    #7The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller wherein Rachel, the protagonist, takes the same train on her everyday commute. She always catches a glimpse of a couple from the window of the train, and one day when she witnesses something terrible.


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    Timothy Bennett
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "My friend really likes this book. I must say though, that I got a little bored after reading the book for some time. I just did not enjoy it as much as most people did."
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    #8A Bear Called Paddington

    A Bear Called Paddington

    First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is a classic children's novel by Michael Bond. It tells the story of Paddington Bear as he travels from Peru to London, where he gets adopted by the Brown family.


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    Theresa Taylor
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Such a cute story. Yes, this would be a good one for children. If you are talking about adult books, then I'd say Bridget Jones' diary."
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    #9Down and Out in Paris and London

    Down and Out in Paris and London
    Down and Out in Paris in London is an autobiographical novel by George Orwell. It recounts his experiences living in the poverty-stricken cities, Paris and London as a working man. Orwell endured hunger, unemployment, and destitution.

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    Larry Rivera
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "As far as the best novels taking place in london are concerned, I am on the fence with Orwells 'Down and Out in Paris and London.' Drawn in be the legacy of Orwell and his other works, I thought to myself, this shall be a masterpiece to behold! However, the true beauty of this piece is akin to a diamond in the rough, or rather a needle in a large haystack. The book has it's merit, but it is harder than all get out to look past the blatant typos, and editorial errors in this one!"
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    #10Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 

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    Laura Roberts
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is always a good one to read. I enjoy Dickens' work and read it at least every couple years."
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    #11White Teeth

    White Teeth

    White Teeth is a contemporary fiction novel written by Zadie Smith which is about the story of two North London families during the World War II. This tackles about faith, race, gender and culture. 


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    #1284, Charing Cross Road

    84, Charing Cross Road
    84, Charing Cross Road is a collection of 20 years' worth of correspondence between Helene Halff and Frank Doel, a book dealer. Halff, a lover of rare books, sends a letter to Doel, and from there blossoms an enduring friendship.

    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a good novel set in London. I like this novel."
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    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is about Richard Mayhew, a goodhearted man living in London whose life changed after helping a bleeding girl on a city sidewalk. Because of his act, he was put in a place filled with dangers Mayhew never even dreamed existed.


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    Gloria Rodriguez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I really liked Neverwhere. The title grabbed me at first but what kept me engaged was the story. It honestly was perfection to me. The writing was on point and I could relate to the way the author chose to write."
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    #14Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first novel in the fantasy fiction and romance trilogy of Infernal Devices. This book follows the story of Tessa Gray and her encounter with a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club.


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    Wayne Hall
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you love the Mortal instruments, then you will enjoy this series as well. I personally like this series better! I love the characters and its cool to see a couple of familiar faces from the original series. This first book will get you hooked! And if you haven't read the Mortal instruments series before, that's okay, you won't be lost at all about what's going on. If you have read the original series, you will enjoy seeing how things fall into place and connect to each other."
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    #15Sixty Lights

    Sixty Lights

    Sixty Lights is a historical fiction novel written by Gail Jones. This historical fiction novel was published on May 5, 2005 by Vintage. Sixty Lights follows the life of a girl named Lucy Strange.


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    Devansh Gavde
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Anything set in London is sure to catch my eye. This is a beautiful tale about love and mystery. "
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    #16What's in a Flame?

    What's in a Flame?

    What's in a Flame? is a Jewish mystery fiction book written by Libi Astaire. This Regency fiction book is first published in 2015 by Aster Press. 


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    Tammy Montgomery
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a great novel set in London! It has a crime feel to it so it's interesting and very engaging. The main characters are really fun to read and you'll invest in them so quick."
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    #17What Angels Fear (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

    What Angels Fear (A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

    What Angels Fear is the first book in C.S. Harris crime and mystery series for young adults, the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series. It was released in 2006. It is about a Napoleonic War veteran in England suspected of a savage murder.


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    Jason Torres
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This book chose a really good era of Britsh history as it's backdrop for a murder mystery. There is so much going on in the country that can be spun into the story. It made the build up to the ending quite intense. "


Best What are the best novels set in London
1Brave New WorldBooks 30 Paid
2PossessionBooks 26 Paid
3A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 26 Paid
4The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 25 Paid
5Bridget Jones's DiaryBooks 23 Paid
6Confessions of a ShopaholicBooks 22 Paid
7The Girl on the TrainBooks 21 Paid
8A Bear Called PaddingtonBooks 19 Paid
9Down and Out in Paris and LondonBooks 18 Paid
10Bleak HouseBooks 17 Paid

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