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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Hollis, J S

A Rational Man (2018). The book is set in Islington in the near-future, where Sebastian grows up on the current site of Pentonville Prison.

Holyoake, George Jacob

1817-1906

History of Co-operation in England (1875). The newspaper editor coined the terms “secularism” and “jingoism”. Lived at 62 Pentonville Road.

Hornby, Nick

1957-

Fever Pitch (1992), High Fidelity (1995), About A Boy (1998) and other titles. Hornby lives in Highbury and sets much of his work around the area.

Horowitz, Anthony

1955 -

The House of Silk (2011). Sherlock Holmes escapes from Holloway Prison.

Hoban, Russell

1925-2011

My Tango with Barbara Strozzi (2007). The protagonist, Phil Ockerman, falls in love with Bertha Strunk at a tango lesson in Clerkenwell.

Neustatter, Angela

1943-

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.

Hoeben, Cato

1980-

The Lifestyle Entrepreneur: How to Turn Your Interests into Money (2015). Written with his mother and Angela Neustatter. Lived in Highbury Place and now in Cross Street.

Hughes, M.V. (Molly)

1866-1956

A London Family 1871-1900 (1946). The educator and writer grew up in Highbury New Park and mentioned it in her autobiographical work.

Hughes, Thomas

1822-1896

Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857). Tom Brown stays at the Peacock Inn (a coaching inn located at the site of 11 Islington High Street) before he sets off for Rugby School.

Jarman, Derek

1942-1994

The artist, filmmaker, LGBT activist and writer lived at 60 Liverpool Road at the beginning of his career from 1967-69.

Irving, Washington

1783-1859

Rip Van Winkle (1819), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) and other titles. The essayist, biographer and historian lived in Canonbury Tower in the early 19th Century.

James, Clive

1939-

Falling Towards England (1985) and other titles. Lived in Tufnell Park in “a first floor horror of a room at the high end of Tufnell Park Road” in 1962.