Born in Surrey in 1962, Ian Cunningham has lived in London for much of his life. After working for Reader's Digest, he became a freelance writer and editor. He has been published in short story anthologies, has contributed to Time Out magazine and several of their guides including the Time Out London Guide and the Time Out Bars and Pubs Guide.
London has been a hub of English literary life from Chaucer to the present. The name Charles Dickens evokes visions of a drab, dreary London of the 19th century, while Virginia Woolf brings to mind the Bloomsbury area and its gathering of authors. A London resident and contributor to the "Time Out" guides to London, Cunningham divides up his book by district and then lists places of literary interest alphabetically under each. Each entry lists the author or authors associated with that address. Most of the places listed are private residences, and some streets have been renumbered since the authors lived there. Easy to follow and laden with information and anecdotes, this guide is beautifully illustrated with bright color photographs and illustrations both historical and contemporary. Ideal for literature-loving anglophiles, it is highly recommended for both academic and public libraries. Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This superb, district-by-district guide to literary London includes 400 photos and illustrations, extensive information for visitors, and a wealth of detail on the writers, their homes, and the city that inspired them.