This is a preview of a premium article. Subscribe or Log In to gain access. Book Reviews As ripe for storytelling as Dickens’s London: Novels inspired by South Asian cities Five of the world’s ten largest cities are in South Asia. They display jarring extremes of abject poverty and extreme wealth, of ancient communal conflicts and newfound industrial productivity. By John Richards Issue 30 Monica Ali Brick Lane London: Doubleday, 2003Subscribe or Log In to read more.