Literary Road Map of Islington

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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.


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Lamb, Charles


Essays of Elia (1823) and other titles. The essayist and poet moved to 45 Chapel Street (now Chapel Market) with his father in 1797 and then across the road to number 36 in 1799. Lamb also lived in Colebrooke Cottage in Colebrooke Row (now 64 Duncan Terrace) with his sister Mary from 1823-27.

Lenin, Vladimir


Iskra (The Spark) (1902-03) and other titles. Lenin lived in both 30 Holford Square and later in 16 Percy Circus (1902-03). He edited the political newspaper Iskra from a socialist publishing house in Clerkenwell Green, based on the site of what is now the Marx Memorial Library.

Leland, John


History of the Antiquities of this Nation (first published 1715). The chaplain and librarian to King Henry VIII, lived in Charterhouse Square.

May, Peter

West Ham: Irons in the Soul (2002) and other titles. The writer, journalist and dedicated West Ham fan lives in north Islington.

Mearns, Andrew


The Bitter Cry of Outcast London: An Inquiry into the Condition of the Abject Poor (1883). The account was written while the minister was living in Clerkenwell.

Menzies, Gavin


1421 The Year China Discovered the World (2002). The author lives in Canonbury.

Mill, John Stuart


On Liberty (1859) and other titles. The philosopher, political economist and liberal was born at 13 Rodney Street, off Pentonville Road, and then moved to Newington Green where he lived as a young boy. [NF]

Moodie, Susanna


Spartacus (1822) and other titles. The children’s author and abolition activist lived in Myddleton Square in 1832 before emigrating to Canada. [CYA, NF, P]

Neal, Daniel


History of the Puritans (Vols. I-IV) (1733-38) The historian is buried in Bunhill Fields.

Neustatter, Angela


he Lifestyle Entrepreneur: How to Turn Your Interests into Money (2015). Written with her son Cato Hoeben. Lived in Highbury Place and now in Cross Street.

Quarmby, Katherine

Fussy Freya (2008) and other titles. The children's writer and journalist lives in north Islington.

Parr, Katherine, Queen of England


Prayers and Meditations (1545), The Lamentation of a Sinner (1547). She lived with her husband Sir John Neville, Lord Latimer, in Charterhouse Yard before his death and her subsequent marriage to Henry VIII “because it stands in good air out of the press of the City.” [NF]