The Londonist Literary List

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The Londonist Literary List

The Londonist Literary List appears every Tuesday. If you'd like to bring an event to our attention, please email

Is it Booker Longlist season again? Drum roll please...

Peter Carey Theft: A Love Story

Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss

Robert Edric Gathering the Water

Nadine Gordimer Get a Life

Kate Grenville The Secret River

MJ Hyland Carry Me Down

Howard Jacobson Kalooki Nights

James Lasdun Seven Lies

Mary Lawson The Other Side of the Bridge

Jon McGregor So Many Ways to Begin

Hisham Matar In the Country of Men

Claire Messud The Emperor's Children

David Mitchell Black Swan Green

Naeem Murr The Perfect Man

Andrew O'Hagan Be Near Me

James Robertson The Testament of Gideon Mack

Edward St Aubyn Mother's Milk

Barry Unsworth The Ruby in Her Navel

Sarah Waters The Night Watch


Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature, has organised a UK tour by four young writers - the poets Joumana Haddad from Lebanon and Abed Ismael from Syria, together with the fiction writers Ala Hlehel from Palestine and Mansoura Ez-Eldin from Egypt, offering a fresh perspective on daily life in the Arab world. 7pm, at the London Review Bookshop, online tickets.


B.S. Johnson (surely the greatest writer's name ever), the late English counter-cultural writer, has a night dedicated in his honour. Value This Man features Jonathan Coe, Paul Tickell and David Quantick in conversation, as well as other special guests and possibly even some screenings. 7.30pm, upstairs at The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1, £2 entry.


UKAlive is an annual event and consists of readings of poetry and stories from members of the website and usually a little acoustic music from singer/songwriters. The programme of readings is arranged a little in advance but they welcome any visitors who might want to join in and could easily provive a slot on the night. 6pm, The Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Rd, London WC1, Free - more info.

Last Updated 15 August 2006