Resources for London/UK
Below are resources that may be a starting point for your preparation for London. It is by no means a completely comprehensive list – please send Heidi additional resources you found helpful to recommend to future faculty. General Websites for London Planning Travel
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/home.aspx (transport for London)
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ (national rail for the UK)
This is a landmark ethnography about social reproductionism. While some of Willis' conclusions have been heavily critiqued over time, this work remains a very important 20th century text in sociology and education.
The Parent’s Guide to Independent Schools.
Which School?. Gabbitas, Truman & Thring.
The Schools of the United Kingdom. Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Ltd, Publicity House
London history and culture
Two huge tomes from which selections might be made are:
Peter Ackroyd, London: A Biography. (Chatto: 2000).
A vast, idiosyncratic and literary exploration of the totality of London. Not for the faint hearted, but enormously rich in allusion and very much an alternative take on the city, its past and people.
Ian Sinclair: London: City of Disappearances. (Hamish Hamilton: 2006).
Roy Porter was one of Britain's greatest social historians. This is extremely strong on the early modern period which was Porter's specialism.
Sukhdev Sandhu, London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City. (Harper Collins 2003). Brilliantly chronicles the way black and Asian writers have experienced and re-imagined the city since the 1770s.
Saunders, Anne, Art and Architecture of London. (Phaidon: 1996).
A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the architectural treasures of London in the series by Phaidon. Organized geographically, it includes maps, site plans, interiors and exteriors of hundreds of buildings in London and Thames Valley. An excellent sourcebook.
Iain Sinclair, Lights out for the Territory; Nine Excursions in the Secret History of London (Granta Books: 1997). An idiosyncratic tour through “hidden” London by one of the most important writers on the underside of the city.
John Summerson, Georgian London. (Yale University Press: 2003).
Encompassing the architecture of the capital from the Great Fire of 1666 through the city's early-19th-century expansion, it explores the genesis and development of Georgian London. Summerson examines the way in which building was conditioned by social, economic and financial circumstances.
Clare Tomalin, Samuel Pepys. (Viking: 2002).
This one gives a lively introduction to one of the most fascinating periods in London's history - the age of the Restoration.
Ben Weinrab and Christopher Hibbert, London Encyclopaedia. (Macmillan: 1983).
This is a very detailed reference guide to the city - not a one to sit down and read but provides a wealth of information.
Geoffrey Grigson’s Countryside. Ebury Press.
The Making of Modern English Society from 1850. Janet Roebuck, Routledge & Kegan Paul
Rail Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland. Oxford Publishing Company.
Britain 1990. An Official Yearbook. Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.
An A-Z of British Life. Adrian Room, Oxford University Press.
Ali, Monica. Brick Lane (Doubleday: 2003).
A post-colonial look at a young Bangladeshi woman forced to move to London for an arranged marriage. London itself does not play a large role in the novel, but a sense of the racialized interactions of the Bangla British is fully developed.
Amis, Martin. London Fields (Vintage, 1999).
A dystopic vision of an East London well beyond political correctness.
Ballard, J.G. Millennium people
Banks, Iain. Dead air
Boyd, Willaiam. Armadillo (Paperback)
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Chesterton, G.K. The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist (Oxford, 1999).
Much of Dickens's fiction is set in London, but this is perhaps the most well known and characteristic tale of the harsh side of city life in the nineteenth century.
Gibson, William. Pattern Recognition
Hawking, Lucy. Jaded.
Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity.
Lively, Penelope. City of the Mind. (Penguin: 1991).
Past and present sometimes interweave in this novel that looks at the effort of the central
character to build and restore.
McEwan, Ian. Saturday.
Rutherford, Edward. London: The Novel. (Ballantine: 1998).
An historical novel that goes through London’s past.
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth. (Penguin: 2000). A key novel on the nature of multicultural London.
Stein, Richard. English Seafood Cookery.
The Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook. Collins in association with Yorkshire Television.