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#BookReview The Book Lover’s Guide to London By Sarah Milne #CityGuide #BookLoversLondon

Thank You very much to the publisher – White Owl for the review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1399001144
Genre: City Guide
Release date: 16 11 2021
Price*: Kindle £6.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £9.85 (GBP)
Kindle $10.99 (USD)/ Paperback $18.71 (USD)
Pages: ~ 136
My rating: Really liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
What I learned from this book: About many bookish places that I would have just passed by in the street.

Description of the book: Many of the greatest names in literature have visited or made their home in the colourful and diverse metropolis of London. From Charles Dickens to George Orwell, Virginia Woolf to Bernadine Evaristo, London’s writers have bought the city to life through some of the best known and loved stories and characters in fiction. This book takes you on an area-by-area journey through London to discover the stories behind the stories told in some of the most famous novels, plays and poems written in, or about, the city. Find out which poet almost lost one of his most important manuscripts in a Soho pub. Discover how Graham Greene managed to survive the German bomb that destroyed his Clapham home.

Climb down the dingy steps from London Bridge to Thames path below and imagine how it felt to be Nancy trying to save Oliver Twist, only to then meet her own violent death. Drink in same pub Bram Stoker listened to the ghost stories that inspired Dracula, the plush drinking house where Noel Coward performed, and the bars and cafes frequented by modern writers. Tour the locations where London’s writers, and their characters lived, worked, played, loved, lost and died. This is the first literature guide to London to be fully illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout the book. This unique book can be used a guidebook on a physical journey through London, or as a treasury of fascinating, often obscure tales and information for book lovers to read wherever they are.

How this book made me feel: When I was offered to review this book for an Instagram blog tour, I could not refuse. And for obvious reasons! This book is a must for every book lover, but especially for the one living in London. Central London is full of forgotten history, and I was very happy to take this book into the city and explore.

This guide is very compact, not only in size, perfect for a handbag but in the information it provides as well. It is divided into parts of London (East, West North, etc.) and this guide highlights the buildings and places in that area where certain authors lived or where certain books were “born”. The author also shared places that inspired authors to create certain characters or settings. Sarah has a very great eye for detail, and she tried to convey as much information as possible in this convenient guide. I really enjoyed fun stories from the history, plenty of photographs and the easiness of this book. The author used examples not only from classical authors but from present-day authors as well.

I think the blurb describes this guide pretty well, and I don’t really have much to add. One thing for sure, it is a must-have for any book lover, especially the one who lives or visits London often. A day out trying to locate these places is a fun day out to have. I hope you will get this guide and have fun exploring this historical city. Enjoy!

Thank you for your time!<3

About the author: Sarah Milne was born in Hastings but has lived in around London most of her life. Sarah is a life-long book lover. Since childhood, she has enjoyed discovering all about anywhere she visits (and dreams of visiting) through the area’s stories and literature. Sarah is a journalist and freelance writer with a passion for writing both fiction and non-fiction, especially when it is about stories and books!

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2 thoughts on “#BookReview The Book Lover’s Guide to London By Sarah Milne #CityGuide #BookLoversLondon

  1. As someone who lives in London and love to read books set in London (incl. Dickens and Woolf), I think this book sounds interesting. Great review and thanks for making me aware!


    1. Ohhh, this guide has a lot of references to the places where Dickens, Woolf, Austen, Wells etc. created and lived. 🙂 I am glad you found out about this book. 🙂


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