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Independent book publishing is thriving in Clerkenwell, so we've come up with our pick of the best new titles from seven local imprints. And on the next page, you can read an exclusive excerpt from a debut novel issued by yet another EC1 publisher...


NHPA is a world-renowned picture library specialising in nature and wildlife imagery.


Forget the market under Waterloo Bridge. Farringdon Road was the original hot spot for London's book stalls and the famous writers who loved to rummage through them says Philippa Lewis...


Sex and satire meet in this issue's set of lesser-known local stories...


We home in on three more secrets from our 'hood...


Remember loving Usborne books in your youth? The children's publisher, based in EC1, is still going strong and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.


Cross words, model answers and crypt clues in this issue’s three historical did-you-knows


They may have been tinkered with over the years but these three traditions still fly the flag for EC1


Smithfield fare is juicy – and these three tales from its past are no exception


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