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London: City of Disappearances Hardcover – 26 Oct 2006


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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition, First Printing edition (26 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241142997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241142998
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 5.6 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters, London Orbital, Dining on Stones and Edge of the Orison. He lives in Hackney, East London.

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2007
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Like Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair is fond of a non-linear approach to the history and geography of a city and this collection of essays snakes around the mystery of London in much the same way as Ackroyd's "London: A Biography".

Perhaps because this is a compilation rather than a work by a single author, it's been more easily accepted as a fascinating fund of anecdote and history which doesn't need to adopt a chronological approach. Intermittently thrilling - and perfect to dip in and out of.
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By Georgi Arnaudov on 22 Dec. 2013
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It very poetic. The way the book is tsructured reminds me of Honoré de Balzac's novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life... in this book the panorama is about English life in London in the past. I totally recommend it!
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Marsh on 12 Jun. 2008
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An ambitious volume which brings up some real gems courtesy of Marina Warner, Anthony Frewin, Will Self, Bill Drummond but precious few others. I can't help feeling that Mr Sinclair should have given his contributors a tighter brief or at least been a bit more generous with the scissors in the final edit. Eventually the writings become more and more disparate until what you get is an anthology of work all loosely connected to the capital in some way. Some of the entries (especially Sinclair's own ones) are genuinely baffling and the reader is given frustratingly little explanation to their appearance; if this is deliberate, it doesn't work.

If readers are looking for decent anthologies of London social history, myth and ephemera, there are other compendiums on the market that are far more worthwhile.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Brooke on 18 Sept. 2013
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Being interested in London I looked forward to what this book promised. The favourable reviews in some papers were, on reflection, no more than overblown hyperbole. I was so disappointed. Yes there are some interesting, even worthwhile, contributions but these are thin on the ground. Most of it was self indulgent and rather vacuous. Would not recommend.
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6 of 32 people found the following review helpful By charlie james on 22 Jan. 2009
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IS creates an opportunity for some of his sycophantic cronies to cash in on his "name" hence the inclusion of at least one too many obscure and overblown unknowns
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