(Five Leaves, 2013)
London Fictions (edited by Jerry White & Andrew Whitehead) is a book about London, real and imagined. Within this anthology two dozen contemporary writers, from Cathi Unsworth to Courttia Newland, reflect on some of the novelists and the novels that have helped define the modern city, from George Gissing to Zadie Smith, Hangover Square to Brick Lane. This is a book about East End boys and West End girls, bed-sit land and dockland, the homeless and the homesick, immigrants and emigrants. All human life is here, high-minded Hampstead and boozy Fitzrovia, the Jewish East End, intellectual Bloomsbury and Chinese Limehouse, Black London, Asian London, Irish London, Gay London.
London Fictions includes an essay by Rachel Lichtenstein on Simon Blumenfeld’s 1935 controversial novel Jew Boy.