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Invisible Cities: Great Imagined Cities

InvisibleCitiesEarlier this week we listed some of your favourite imaginary cities - today, we’re looking at the imagined ones.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. With a lot of help from the internet, we've started the ball rolling - but this is just scratching the surface.

Which are your favourite imagined cities? Please share them in the comments!

The discussion continues this Saturday at Foyles with Mark Charan Newton, Tom Pollock and Kate Griffin chatting about urban fantasy. Grab your tickets now!

Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s Arabesk series

Robert Harris’s Fatherland
Philip Kerr’s March Violets

Cape Town:
Lauren Beukes’ Moxyland
Mike Nicol’s Payback, Killer Country and Black Heart

James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Maurice Broaddus’ King Maker

Lily  Herne’s The Army of the Left (not out yet, but the rest of the Deadlands series is!)
Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City
Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva’s The Bang-Bang Club (non-fiction, but hey...)

Las Vegas:
Tim Powers’s Last Call 
John D. MacDonald’s The Empty Trap

Tom Pollock’s The City’s Son 
Angela Carter’s work
Kate Griffin’s The Madness of Angels and Stray Souls
Ben Aaronovitch’s The Rivers of London
Peter Ackryod's Hawksmoor
Charles Dickens's work
Mike Carey’s The Devil You Know
Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere
Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
China Miéville’s Kraken

Los Angeles:
Jay Russell’s Celestial Dogs
Christa Faust’s Money Shot
James Ellroy’s LA Quartet

Jeff Noon’s Vurt, Pollen and Automated Alice

Mexico City:
Carlos Fuentes’ Vlad

New Orleans:
Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls and Drawing Blood
James Lee Burke’s work
Andrei Codresciu’s Mon Amour

New York:
Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy 
Maria Headley’s The Year of Yes 
Robert Chamber’s “The Repairer of Reputations”
The Wild Cards series

Sarah Lotz’s Pompidou Posse 
George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London 
Pierre Pevel’s Dragon Arcana (and the preceding books) 
Georges Simenon’s work

Sophia McDougall’s Savage City
Lindsey Davis's work 
Robert Graves’ I, Claudius

San Francisco:
Richard Paul Russo’s Carlucci series 
William Gibson’s Mona Lisa Overdrive
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City

John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

David Mitchell’s Number9dream 
Haruki Murakami’s IQ84

Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma

Michael Dibdin’s Dead Lagoon 
Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s Assassini series

Jonathan Carroll's work 
Tim Powers’s The Drawing of the Dark

Washington, DC:
William Blatty’s The Exorcist 
George Pelecanos’s work 
Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath

Huge thanks to:
@GavReads, @tomhpollock, @ActuallyAisha, @gmehn, @SlGrey, @Shaina_Jade, @jeffnoon, @scriptopus, @AquilaRift (plus selections from Anne, Bex and Jared!)