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It's a bit of a slow week in the world of literary London, but never mind that, because we have tracked down a list of books that is sure to keep any lover of London satisfied for at least the next week, if not the next decade (see "Other News")...
Events Around London:
The SW11 Literary Festival continues through Sunday in Clapham Junction. Go to the website to find a specific event.
On Wednesday, Vikram Seth (pictured) reads from and discusses his latest book, Two Lives, at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way. £7/£5 concessions. 7pm.
On Thursday, Hanif Kureishi sits down at the London Review Bookshop to discuss his recently published memoir of his father, My Ear at His Heart. 14 Bury Place. 7pm. Contact bookstore for ticket info.
On Monday, A.N. Wilson, author of The Vicorians and After the Victorians, will lecture at the Royal Society of Literature, presumably about the Victorians and what came after them. Somerset House in the Strand. 7pm. £5 suggested contribution.
A History of Violence, by John Wagner and Vince Lock (a comic novel that has already been made into a film)
High Country, by W Wyman
London Bridges, by James Patterson (mentioned only because of the title)
The website Get London Reading has compiled an exhaustive list of books set in or in some other way connected to London. We have linked above to the fiction section, but there are a number of other categories to choose from, including biography and history. If you can't find something here to pique your interest, than we dare say that you probably ought not waste your time reading this little column, either.