Literary Road Map of Islington

  • 29
  • Jun

Celebrate our borough's long, rich heritage of authors, screenwriters, poets and writers who live or work here

Literary Road Map of Islington celebrates our borough’s long, rich heritage of authors, screenwriters, poets and writers who have lived here, and the literary works which have been inspired by or set here.

Search the list below to see the novels, plays and poems which were written about Islington and the authors, such as Andrea Levy (1956-2019), who were born or lived in the borough, or Charles Dickens (1812-1870, who used various locations around Islington in their novels.

Also, look at our interactive map to see the literary connections to your area of Islington. To do this click on ‘Show Layers’, ‘Recreation & Leisure’ and check the ‘Literary Road Map’ box.

 

Read more
  • Fiction

Oudot, Susan

1955-

Real Women (1995), Coronation Street (2012-). The author and scriptwriter grew up Milner Square and off Caledonian Road.

Owens, Lewis

The Pentonville Experiment (2018). A historical novel about a newly opened ‘model’ prison, and those who have passed through its doors.

Orwell, George

1903-1950

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (1945), Nineteen Eighty-four (1949) and other titles. Orwell moved to 27b Canonbury Square in Autumn 1944 with his wife and son after being bombed out of their previous flat in Mortimer Crescent, and lived there until 1947. Parts of his last novel, Nineteen Eighty-four, were written there. The photo shows his son Richard Blair at the unveiling of a heritage plaque at the flat.

Paget, Sidney

1860-1908

Illustrator for the Sherlock Homes stories was born at 60 Pentonville Road.

Pilger, Zoe

1984-

Eat my Heart Out (2014). The novel is set in part in Islington.

Rushdie, Salman

1947-

Satanic Verses (1988). Rushdie stayed in Lonsdale Square when he was in hiding, while living under a fatwa, after the book’s publication.

Rubin, Gareth

Liberation Square (2019) The author and national newspaper journalist wrote his novel in various cafes on Upper Street.

Rourke, Lee

1972-

Regent’s Canal (2002). The book is set on and around the canal.

Spark, Muriel

1918-2006

The Symposium (1990). The novel is set around a dinner party in Islington, ending with the murder of the murder of one of the guests.

Swinnerton, Frank

1884-1982

George Gissing: a Critical Study (1912) and other titles. The biographer, novelist and essayist lived at 150 Farringdon Road as a boy from 1890-99.

Thackeray, William Makepeace

1811-1863

Vanity Fair (1848) and other titles. The writer spent his formative years at Charterhouse.

Waugh, Evelyn

1903-1966

Decline and Fall (1928) and other titles. Waugh lived at 17a Canonbury Square from 1928-29.