You’ve heard of The Old Curiosity Shop and Shakespeare’s Globe, but what about the statue of Dr Samuel Johnson’s cat or the inspiration behind Orwell’s Ministry of Truth? Author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, Dr Matthew Green takes us on a tour of some of the capital’s less well known literary destinations.

Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph, tells us about creating the book’s unforgettable setting and shares how she was influenced by classic literature in setting the scene.

Oliver Twist is Cityread’s Dickens novel for April. London’s libraries launch the first ever Cityread London in partnership with Penguin Classics, focusing on Oliver Twist as part of Dickens 2012. Over 300 Cityread events will take place throughout April, across all 33 London boroughs, bringing Oliver Twist to life in libraries, cinemas and museums. From […]

A month ago I blogged about the Herculean task some of us are undertaking at Penguin, reading all of Dickens’s novels. Second on our list – Oliver Twist! Is it possible to mention this book without using an exclamation mark? I find it difficult because, shamefully, it is so firmly associated in my mind with […]