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Great Novels set in London

If you can't go to London, let London come to you in audiobook form!

Playlist Tags: genre: Fiction & Literature audience: travelers topic: london topic: brit lit mood: wanderlust

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

A Novel

By Balli Kaur Jaswal
Narrated by: Meera Syal
Length: 10 hours 34 minutes

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

“Full of fun and Drama! The women in Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women shake up their community with their racy story writing - and solve a mystery! This book is full of surprises. I loved it. A delight! The narration of the audiobook was well done and greatly added to the story.”

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One Day

By David Nicholls
Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
Length: 16 hours 23 minutes

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring ANNE HATHAWAY and JIM STURGESS

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and... Read more »
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White Teeth

A Novel

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Lenny Henry, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki & Arya Sagar
Length: 18 hours 37 minutes

Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie... Read more »
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The Authenticity Project

A Novel

By Clare Pooley
Narrated by: Anna Cordell
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

If you enjoyed Evvie Drake Starts Over, then you’ll love The Authenticity Project.

“A lovely little beach read. But pack in every bit of substance possible and more twists than you’ll ever see coming. This is a book to soothe the soul and force you out of your shell, if only to find your own version of authenticity alongside Monica, Julian, Hazard, Riley, Alice, and the rest of the gang. I laughed as often as I cried. Had it not been for book club requiring me to pace myself, I would have devoured it in one fell swoop. A utter delight. If you tend to avoid fluff, here's a good place to start.”

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Love, Unscripted

A Novel

By Owen Nicholls
Narrated by: Christian Coulson
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

“Nostalgic, tender, and achingly cool.”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

A film-obsessed romantic rewrites the script to understand why his “picture-perfect” love story crashed and burned in this wonderfully clever debut.

Ellie had the quizzical eyebrows of Broadcast News–era Holly Hunter and the neon-red... Read more »
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The Flatshare

A Novel

By Beth O'Leary
Narrated by: Carrie Hope Fletcher & Kwaku Fortune
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

"Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune bring genuine emotion to this London rom-com with their impeccable narration about an unlikely friendship." — AudioFile Magazine

"Boasting Carrie Hope Fletcher’s no-nonsense British accent and Kwaku Fortune’s mild Irish brogue...the audio version brings this butterfly-inducing romantic read to life." —...

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The Innocents

By Francesca Segal
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

*** Winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award *** "It is impossible to resist this novel's wit, grace, and charm."
--Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia

A smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion, and commitment; a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton's The Age of... Read more »
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Confessions of A Shopaholic

Shopaholic: Book #1

By Sophie Kinsella
Narrated by: Emily Gray
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

Confessions of A Shopaholic

“This was the perfect feel-good book for traveling and reading with jet lag. It gave me palpitations at times — Becky’s misadventures with letters from the bank and credit card companies were distressingly reminiscent of my own 20s. I loved how her situation resolved itself, and I loved her voice and her (again, very familiar) delusions — as well as how very British it all was.”

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Atonement

By Ian McEwan
Narrated by: Jill Tanner
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

Ian McEwan has received prestigious awards and international praise for his novels, including Enduring Love. In Atonement, three children lose their innocence--as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935--and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the... Read more »
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Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones: Book #1

By Helen Fielding
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

Sunday 1 January: 129 lbs. (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively covers 2 days as 4 hours of party was on New Year's Day), cigarettes 22, calories 5424. From its beginning as a weekly column in a British newspaper, Bridget Jones's Diary quickly became a best-seller in England. After gaining international popularity, it also... Read more »
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Mr. Loverman

A Novel

By Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Robin Miles & Ron Butler
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant character with a fondness for William Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather—and also secretly gay.

His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other...

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The Hand That First Held Mine

By Maggie O’Farrell & Alexis Soto Ramírez
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 11 hours 24 minutes

Lexie Sinclair yearns for more than her parents’ genteel country life. She makes her way to the city, where she meets a magazine editor, Innes, a man unlike any she has ever imagined. He introduces her to the thrilling world of bohemian postwar London, and Lexie learns to become a reporter, to know art and artists, to live fully,...

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The Lost Letters of William Woolf

By Helen Cullen
Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Helen Cullen & Rupert Penry Jones
Length: 10 hours 28 minutes

“Enchanting, intriguing, deeply moving. The Lost Letters of William Woolf concerns itself as much with lost love as it does with lost letters.”

—Irish Times

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Lost letters have only one hope for survival...

Inside the walls of the Dead Letters Depot, letter detectives work to solve mysteries. They study missing zip codes, illegible handwriting,... Read more »
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Dear Mrs. Bird

By AJ Pearce
Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

Dear Mrs. Bird

“What initially seems like a breezy career girl story quickly turns into a gripping novel set in the WWII London blitzkrieg. During the nightly bombing runs, Emmeline volunteers at a nearby fire dispatch center. She dreams of becoming a journalist, but instead lands a day job screening advice-seeking letters for a weekly magazine, Woman’s Friend. All too soon, she and her friends become victims of the bombings and must deal with losses and new horrors each night. In Dear Mrs. Bird, AJ Pearce has given us a most memorable story about both the visible and hidden casualties of war. Recommended for all, including book clubs!”

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The Lido

By Libby Page
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The Lido

“What a fun read! Libby Page does a great job telling the story of a small London town pool and the people who make it an important part of their lives. The friendship between Kate and Rosemary, despite their age difference, is so well-developed and plays an integral role in the story. The Lido is a book that every summer reader will enjoy and one that will be great to talk about at book clubs. Very well done, Libby Page!”

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

A Novel

By Gail Honeyman
Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 11 hours 1 minutes

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

“Eleanor Oliphant has quickly become one of my favorite fictional characters, and this novel one of my favorite books. Eleanor is completely original and the right kind of weird. Her life and her past, combined with such kindhearted characters, made for a compulsively readable, heartwarming story that I did not want to put down. I can't wait for this book to come out so many more can fall in love with Eleanor. Highly, highly recommended.”

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Mrs. Dalloway

By Virginia Woolf
Narrated by: Phyllida Law
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shocked and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converging as the party reaches its glittering climax.

Past, present, and...

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Life After Life

A Novel

By Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
Length: 15 hours 26 minutes

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.... Read more »
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One Day in December

A Novel

By Josie Silver
Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson & Charlie Anson
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.”—Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick) 

“The perfect book to get lost in . . . Josie Silver’s characters sneak their way into your heart and stay.”—Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost


Two people....
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