Top 10 Book Characters Who Live in London #Top10Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at The Broke and The Bookish: Top Ten Characters Who X, where I get to determine X. So, I’m going with X = Live in London.

The first five characters will be from books I’ve read:

1. Rebecca Seaton from River of Fire by Mary Jo Putney. My impression of what it’s like to be an artist in London (albeit Regency London).

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett2. Sherlock Holmes from A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. My impression of what it’s like to solve mysteries in London (albeit Victorian London).

3. Sara Crewe from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I fully expect a pet monkey to save the day should I encounter any problems in London.

4. Frank Doel, the London book dealer in 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. Shopping for books in London sounds like heaven!

5. Bridget Jones of Bridget Jones’s Diary. Completely defines my expectation of what it would be like to live in London in modern times.

The next five characters are from books I want to read:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia WoolfJohn Harmon from Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

Alexia Tarabotti from Changeless by Gail Carriger

Clarissa Dalloway from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

Lord Peter Wimsey from Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers.

Richard Mayhew from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Who are your favorite characters that live along the streets and alleyways of London?

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12 Responses to Top 10 Book Characters Who Live in London #Top10Tuesday

  1. Alex Baugh says:

    Great list, I loved most of the books on it and they show such a wide variety of Londons, which is what London is like. Enjoy the rest of the books on your list.

  2. Terri B. says:

    I love this! You just took me on a little trip to visit some loved characters. Sat here reading this post and thinking, “Oh! I LOVE that character!” for most of them.

  3. Since you have Changeless on your list, let me introduce you to Feckless, Graceless, Aimless, and Pointless — who happen to be four cows in a book set in England, though not in London. Cows don’t usually live in big cities. Actually, I came to your blog to share a review by another book blogger friend: http://www.caribousmom.com/2014/04/22/cold-comfort-farm-book-review/

    I couldn’t resist the “useless” list of cows, since you mentioned a book title with “-less” in it. I wasn’t particularly fond of Cold Comfort Farm, but it’s a book I’m glad I read. For that reason, I recommend it to you, and it does fit in nicely with the British Isles books you are reading.

    By the way, St. Louis had beautiful weather last week while I was there. I hope to move sometime in mid-June, if an apartment becomes available by then.

  4. Jay says:

    The cool thing about this week’s TTT is seeing what everyone’s decision is for the type of character to do. I like your idea, but I probably couldn’t come up with ten London characters just from memory. I do remember in the beginning of A Study in Scarlet the “seemingly endless” part describing how Watson & Holmes decide to – and become – roommates. :-)
    -Jay

  5. I was hoping you would say Richard Mayhew – and there he is at #10! Although I have to say Sherlock is the ultimate for me :-)

  6. I have always wanted to visit London. I never even thought about doing it vicariously through books! Now I have a list of books to start with!

  7. Neverwhere is like a love song to London. I love that book!

  8. Marianne says:

    What a great idea to choose characters from London. I love that town, used to live not far away from it.

    Thanks for stopping by my page earlier. That’s how I found you. Following you now and looking forward to more interesting posts.

    Have a good week,
    Marianne from Let’s Read

  9. Jackie says:

    82, Charing Cross is a big favourite of mine. Love walking down that street when I’m in London.
    Bridget Jones – I just want to live in London.

  10. FictionFan says:

    Ah, you forgot about the dark side – Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street from The String of Pearls, Dr Jekyll’s alter-ego Mr Hyde, and Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist! Be careful in those quiet alleyways! ;)

  11. Sherlock Holmes and Bridget Jones are the only characters I’m familiar with. I’ve read A Study in Scarlet (tho sadly the only one I’ve read- maybe next week’s British Isles Friday post!) and I saw the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary, but have not read the book. I’ve read Little Princess, but it was when I was younger and I really don’t remember the book very much to be honest.

    I want to read Mrs. Dalloway and Neverwhere, too!

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