Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Spy

When I took the Tube every day to work, reading material was essential. Every Monday I'd leave the office at lunch and venture up to the Finchley Tesco's to see what my fiver could get me. In most cases, it was a paperback on the bestseller's list, which I'd then devour over the course of my journeys that week. I'd covertly check out what my fellow passengers were reading, too.

Now that I don't take the Tube, I can't tap into into the collective mind of the London underworld. Or, at least, I couldn't -- until now.

CoverSpyLondon has launched a nifty website where you can see what the Tubites are reading without actually having to undergo the pain of travelling by Tube yourself!

Bloody brilliant.

3 comments:

Daniel Dragomirescu said...

Your blog looks good.
Congratulations. With all means, go ahead!
Daniel D. Peaceman, writer and editor

withinireland said...

Hmmm... interesting concept!

I have an alternate question for you. I'm preparing for a move in September, and so one way I'm doing this is by infusing my fictional reading with London references. Can you recommend any good books based in London or the surrounding areas?

Marsha Moore said...

Withinireland, so sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you! For some reason, I didn't notice your comment. Anyway... Naked in Knightsbridge by Nicky Schmidt is full of London references, as are many of the Shopaholic books (you can see my frame of reference here is mainly chick lit books...!). There's a sizable chunk of 'Something Borrowed' by Emily Giffin that takes place in London, and most of 'Something Blue' is based in Kensington.

I'll let you know if I think of any more! Hope that helps a bit.