London: The Novel

By Edward Rutherford

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Two thousand years of London are summed up in this sprawling historical novel that follows families across multiple generations. The cast is huge, but the star role belongs to the city of London itself. Caesar’s invasion, the rise of chivalry, the London fire, and (of course) Henry the VIII – all included. Bloody well right, it’s a massive undertaking. A head’s up if you’re travelling over the pond: at over 1,000 pages, it may not fit in your suitcase.

Perfect for:

  • Readers who fancy dollops of greed, lust, and revenge with their history lessons.
  • Those who adore a huge cast of characters – we’re talking over 100!
  • Anyone who’d be thrilled by duelling, cathedral building and, well, everything that makes up London’s history.
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