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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Clee, Nicholas

Don't sweat the Aubergine (2005). The writer and journalist lives in Plimsoll Road with his wife Nicolette Jones.

Craig, Joe

1981-

Jimmy Coates series (2013). Children’s author lives in Tufnell Park.

Cavendish, Mary Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1623-1673

The Blazing World (1666). She wrote what is regarded as one of the first science fiction novels and lived in Clerkenwell after the Restoration in 1660. Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) thought her a “conceited ridiculous woman.”

Defoe, Daniel

1660-1731

Robinson Crusoe (1719–22) and other titles. Defoe is buried in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground.

Cargill, Perdita and Honor

Waiting for Callback series (2016-). The mother and daughter writing team live in Barnsbury.

Carlyle, Thomas

1795-1881

The Scottish philosopher, satirical writer and essayist, lived in Islington for 10 years before moving to Chelsea in 1834.

Channing Wright, Sarah

The Angels of Islington (2014) A gothic thriller set in Islington following a group of vampires who have successfully integrated themselves into the goth scene of nineties.

Sanderson, Lesley

1963-

The Woman at 46 Heath Street (2019) and other titles. The author and secondary school librarian lives near King’s Cross. [CT]

Clarke, Adrian

Skeleton Sonnets (2002), Eurochants (2010) and other titles. The poet worked for Islington Libraries.

Cowley, Abraham

1618-1667

Of Solitude (1668) and other titles. “Let but thy wicked men from out thee go / And all the fools that crowd thee so / Even thou who dost thy millions boast / A village less than Islington will grow / A solitude almost”

Conan Doyle, Arthur

1859-1930

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (1892). Ryder tells of “a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and has just been serving his time in Pentonville.”

Cosh, Mary

1919-

History of Islington (2005) and other titles. The Islington historian, turned 100 this year and lives in Barnsbury.