Liverpool, England

The Capital of Pop

As a seaside town, Liverpool is a cultural hub in the United Kingdom. Guinness World Records bestowed the title of “World Capital City of Pop” on the city, and for 2008 it was the European Capital of Culture. Liverpool isn’t just churning out pop music gods; a number of notable authors make the city their home, or set their novels in the port town. Historically a working class port city, Liverpool boomed during the industrial revolution. The writing of authors born in the city is fueled by their own shared experiences of being part of, or associating with the lower classes. Liverpool authors often create insightful portraits into the personal struggles of the poor and working class during the 20th century.