Fictional Travel Guides – London in children’s literature

Fictional Travel Guides – London in children’s literature

It’s very interesting how important a place could be in a story. I have also observed that writers either use their own immediate environment as a background for their story or go back to the homeland and traditions of their ancestors (the latter can be observed in contemporary American children’s authors).

I have gathered some of those where London provides the background for the events.

Benjamin Read – Laura Trinder: The Midnight Hour Trilogy (Chicken House Ltd. 2019, 2020)

My personal favorite, so you’ll be able to read a lot about it on my blog in the future sure. Linked to the next book with one of the buildings mentioned in it, of which I shouldn’t tell you now.

Will Mabbitt: The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Puffin Books in Penguin Random House 2015)

With this title, I was sure it would be a children’s story to be read once, but I was so pleasantly surprised that I couldn’t put it down and immediately afterwards I read the second and the third volume also. The illustrations are fantastic and because of the humor, it is also great fun for adults.

Books by David Walliams:

Whether it’s a historical novel or a robbery taking place today, the author depicts the city with great precision.

Anna James: Pages & Co. (HarperCollins Publishers 2018, 2019, 2020)

The protagonist of the trilogy is Tilly, who realizes in her grandparents’ bookstore that she doesn’t read the books like others… She can even enter the books, or the characters step out to her. It is like Inkheart in its basic idea, but the story is different. It is very atmospheric; makes you feel to want to read more books.

That’s it for now, but I’m still going to write about books taking place in London and other cities.