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Books

The Clerkenwell of old has inspired plenty of contemporary authors, who are using our neighbourhood as a setting for gripping stories that portray local life during the Great Fire, the Victorian age and evolving post-war society. We find mist and mystery in five new historical thrillers.

 

Literary agents are key figures behind almost every bestseller. Andre Paine visits an EC1 agency with a 60-year history in books and gets some tips on how to secure a publishing deal.

 

Oliver Sacks was the doctor whose bestselling books explored the strange quirks of the human brain. As the neurologist’s autobiography appears in paperback, Andre Paine reveals how Sacks’s scientific mind was shaped by a kindly uncle in EC1.

 

We always like to see independent magazines thriving. And now an eclectic collection is available in EC1 at the new magCulture shop at 270 St John Street.

 

Featuring razor-sharp dialogue and scheming gangsters, Jukebox is a novel that makes Clerkenwell the backdrop for a gritty crime caper.

 

Margery Allingham is one of our greatest mystery writers – and much of her early career was spent around Clerkenwell.

 

A century ago, trams were a familiar site in Clerkenwell, trundling up and down Farringdon Road and other busy streets in the area. 

 

Francis Barber went from childhood slavery to freedom in Fleet Street with Samuel Johnson.

 

In his new book, Rebel Footprints, author David Rosenberg takes us on a tour of radical London.Here he explains how Clerkenwell Green gained its reputation for dissent, following the Fast Day protest march in 1832…

 

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