London has a population of over eight million people, but many of the residents came from somewhere else and were at some point new to the city. London icon ‘Suggs' Graham McPherson is one of them.
In this film he looks at the novels and novelists who have best depicted that early isolation and bewilderment that moving into the city brings, and the sense of belonging that follows. Who can forget Oliver Twist's first impressions as the Artful Dodger leads him through the teeming streets?
Suggs meets Rose Tremain, author of The Long Road Home. All books in the film illustrate perfectly the arrival of a stranger to the city who quickly falls into becoming just another Londoner. And each author brilliantly describing, in their own way, the capital city and its outskirts.