Friday, 20 March 2015

The #London Reading List No.13: The Paying Guests

OUR NEW SERIES! Throughout March & April 2015 we'll be compiling our definitive London Reading List. 

We've asked London Walks Guides & London Walkers to recommend a favourite book or story, and we've also raided the archives here at The Daily Constitutional to bring a rich and varied selection of London-themed and London-set reading matter.

Whether you live here in London, work here, play here or if you are in the throws of planning a trip to visit us here, these are the books you need to read. As usual, you can give us a shout with your own recommendations – thrillers, literary classics, biographies, anthologies, anything! – at the usual email address, via Twitter or Facebook, or simply leave a comment below.

No.13. The Paying Guests by Sarah Walters

Recommended by London Walks Guide Isobel

I am currently reading Sarah Waters The Paying Guests and thoroughly enjoying it, not least because much of the action is centred on a Champion Hill HCP featured in my Denmark Hill and Camberwell walk.

I am certainly going to be referencing the novel when I next lead that walk, and also on the Walworth Old and New, as Walworth gets more than a walk-on part. 

Walworth also gets mentioned in Dickens. Most notably in Great Expectations, as being the home of the Aged Parent, and then later by Muriel Spark in her fabulous Ballad of Peckham Rye.

Isobel is an artist, journalist, linguist, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and London Walks' token aristocrat. One of her ancestors introduced the waltz to this country.

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