BRIAN SPENCER Wrote “A Canal Runs Through It,”

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Ev­ery­thing Spencer knew, or thought he knew, about Lon­don changed on a brief visit in 2013, the first time he’d re­turned to the city in seven years. “Like so many tourists, I hadn’t ven­tured far into the more north­ern and eastern ar­eas of Lon­don. But once I did, some­thing just clicked,” he says. “My new­found in­fat­u­a­tion with the city con­tin­ues to deepen the more I ex­plore it. There’s a cer­tain en­ergy, sense of hu­mor, and good spirit here that’s so in­fec­tious—and the thriv­ing food and craft beer scenes are bril­liant, too.” The Sin­ga­pore­based free­lance writer now tries to spend at least three months a year in Lon­don, and en­joys few things more than a long morn­ing run on the Re­gent’s Canal tow­path, rac­ing past scores of moored house­boats and dodg­ing speed­ing bi­cy­clists, men­ac­ing Canada geese, and, at night, the oc­ca­sional fox.

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