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With the world focused on London as we count down to the Olympics, we decided to ask a few notable British authors to select the book that, for them, best captures London.

Louise Millar was brought up in Scotland, but now lives in London with her husband and two daughters. She began her journalism career in music and film magazines, working as a sub-editor. She later moved into features, working as a commissioning editor on women's magazines. She has written forMarie Claire, Red, Psychologies, Stella (Telegraph magazine), the Independent, the Observer, Glamour, Stylist and Eve. Her first novel, The Playdate, was released this year.

 
Louise selected Saturday by Ian McEwan.

This is a story about one day in the life of neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, set against the backdrop of the anti-Iraq invasion mass demonstration that took place in London on February 15 2003. It’s a book that explores the fragility of life, and opens with Perowne watching a burning plane fly past his posh London house, unsure of whether it’s an accident or a terrorist attack. As the day goes on, Perowne’s personal world is threatened by violence after a chance meeting. What it captures about  London for me, is the sense that anything can happen in this city. Worlds collide every day, on so many different levels, creating a relentless energy, and a limitless potential to form new ideas and perspectives.

 

 

 

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