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10 Locals Pick the One Book You Should Read to Get to Know Their City

Read your way through the world's great cities on an epic literary tour, compiled by Time Out editors across the globe. Constantly changing and endlessly diverse, the world's great cities are perfect settings for drama and intrigue. And just occasionally, they inspire some equally great literature.
At a time when much international travel has ground to a halt, we asked Time Out editors across the globe to name the book that best summed up their city. These are the ten works they say are guaranteed to transport you there.
Some are novels in which the city isn't just a backdrop but a character in itself. Others are memoirs that are as much about the setting as the author themselves, often to the extent that it's difficult to tell who's really talking: the place or the person?
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New York, United States
New York, United States
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Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)
Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)
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London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
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Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
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Singapore
Singapore
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Corridor (Alfian Sa'at)
Corridor (Alfian Sa'at)
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Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
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The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas)
The Slap (Christos Tsiolkas)
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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
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El Día Del Watusi (Francisco Casavella)
El Día Del Watusi (Francisco Casavella)
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San Francisco, United States
San Francisco, United States
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Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)
Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)
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Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
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Looking for Alibrandi
Looking for Alibrandi
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
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Lx 60 / 70 / 80 (Joana Stichini Vilela)
Lx 60 / 70 / 80 (Joana Stichini Vilela)
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Paris, France
Paris, France
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Vie Rêvée (Thadée Klossowski De Rola)
Vie Rêvée (Thadée Klossowski De Rola)
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Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul: Memories and the City (Orhan Pamuk)
Istanbul: Memories and the City (Orhan Pamuk)
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