February 11, 2010


Tonight I leave to visit my wonderful friend Hayley and see her fabulous life as a graduate student in London! We will, of course, be doing many literary things (like watching Persuasion, yet again), and I am at the moment assembling books for my journey. In my bag: a London tour guide (of course), Mrs. Dalloway, yet another Churchill biography, a short history of London, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Probably more books than I need and will actually read, but I like to be over-prepared when it comes to books (who cares how much my carry-on weighs!). Any other suggestions, to my dozens of readers? What are some other good London-based, or generally British, books?

(Image from my visit to Hayley in Oxford two years ago)


  1. Well, I'm rereading Peter Pan right now (what else is new? I am forever rereading Peter Pan) and that's a book that feeds my love of London every time. Also see if you can get your hands on Graham Greene's "The Destructors" on short notice, I heartily recommend that. It's one of my favorite short stories--a nasty piece of work but soooo good. (And just to further wet your appetite, if you've ever seen Donnie Darko, it's the reading assignment that gets banned halfway through).

    I was about to recommend Mary Poppins but then I realized I've never actually read Mary Poppins--only seen the movie but the movie may be responsible for why I love London so. I have to go read Mary Poppins now. I hope you have an amazing time.

  2. We can go visit lots of bookstores and find you some nice English novels!!!!