Kate’s Book Blog offered a challenge I thought fun:
Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
I’ve adapted the meme to London, rather than Kate’s Toronto.
- Iain Sinclair – London Orbital
- Iain Sinclair – Lights Out for the Territory
- Peter Ackroyd – London: The Biography
- Patrick Hamilton – Hangover Square
- Martin Amis – London Fields
- Zadie Smith – White Teeth
- Robert Louis Stevenson – Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- Julian Barnes – Metroland
- Ian McEwan – Saturday
- Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
- Will Self – Gray Area
- Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere
- Jules Verne – Around the World in Eighty Days
- Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Conan Doyle
- William Gibson – Pattern Recognition
Is it cheating to include two Iain Sinclair books? It would have been easy to fill half the list with Sinclair’s books. My edition of Lights Out for the Territory, with the enigmatic photography of Marc Atkins, is somewhat reminiscent of Sebald.