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Set amid the squats of Haggerston, Come Down Heavy is a moving tale of a friendship between two women living chaotic lives and has been nominated for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University

Paola Somaini’s light and colourful I Can See It With My Elephant’s Eye addresses fears and worries and tries “to find an appropriate way to talk about loss and death”.

When Secrets Set Sail is a children’s adventure exploring the local history of Hackney’s hostel for colonial childcare workers who were abandoned in a hostile country

Story of how infamous madam and coffehouse owner Moll King rose from humble beginnings to own several Hampstead houses told in David S Percy’s The Harlots of Haverstock Hill

The Victorian philanthropist and social reformer used his wealth to highlight the plight of nearly a third of Londoners living below the poverty line

JJ Connolly grew up in East Finchley and is author of acclaimed novel Layer Cake which was turned into a 2004 film starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller.

On the 20th anniversary of the book’s release, he charts the gentrification of the area where he lives and which inspired the setting for his drug-dealing gangsters.

The move to re-issue 25 titles by female authors written under a male pseudonym marks the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

An intriguing box of letters related to the polar explorer, which was discovered during a London house clearance, is due to go under the hammer this month

Muswell Hill author Gerald Jacobs drew on his childhood in 1950s Brixton for his tale of colourful characters dealing in swag, gun-running, and fixed boxing matches

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