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London's Overthrow [Paperback]

China Mieville
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3 Sep 2012
London s Overthrow is a potent polemic describing the capital in a time of austerity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Award-winning author and essayist China Miéville cuts through the hyperbole of our politicians to present a view from ordinary London of the inequality, oppression and indignity and the hidden, subversive sentiment pervading throughout our streets.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Westbourne Press (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908906146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908906144
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian).

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"I would trust Miéville about London." --Nicholas Lezard

"Miéville gives us a vision of a pre-apocalyptic London, where the chasm between rich and poor has reached catastrophic levels and anger is the only reasonable response." --Hari Kunzru

"China Miéville does more than reveal the skull beneath the London s scabby, piebald skin; he offers effervescent nourishment for the downpressed souls that stalk the streets of his divided city. Anybody who wants to know what has happened here in the ground zero of a failed neoliberal experiment must start with his unsettling panorama." --Paul Gilroy

"Powerful, visceral and original it s a document for our times." --New Internationalist

"A blistering essay account of the realities of a 21st-century London tilting into catastrophe as the inequality and oppression of the failed neo-liberal experiment bite and of the various shapes of its inhabitants mounting outrage." --Metro

"Powerful, visceral and original it s a document for our times." --New Internationalist

"A blistering essay account of the realities of a 21st-century London tilting into catastrophe as the inequality and oppression of the failed neo-liberal experiment bite and of the various shapes of its inhabitants mounting outrage." --Metro

About the Author

China Miéville is the author of various works of fiction and nonfiction. His novels include The City & The City, Embassytown and his latest book, Railsea. His nonfiction includes Between Equal Rights, a study of international law. He is three-times winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and has also won the Hugo, World Fantasy and British Science Fiction awards. He lives and works in London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughtful and beautifully written. 27 Mar 2013
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I don't live in London, I live in the other 5% of the country. The capital has the sense of being a cultural black hole, sucking in all the resources of the country, I resent that. CM's essay though shows London and Londoners as more than the bloated stinking sump it seems to the outsider.

This is an excoriating rebuttal of the capitalism which cloaks its self in London's glory, a celebration of the city as a hoary old survivor, lurching from one apocalypse to another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read 24 Feb 2013
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Mieville doesn't make any attempt to give a balanced view of the situation in London towards the end of 2011, his prose is entertaining and gives a real sense of dread and desperation among certain echelons of British society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mieville fan 23 Oct 2013
By brett
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I like the imagination behind all his novels, if you've never read any then give them a try. Two words.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This is undoubtedly and excellenty written essay. And note it is a short essay, not a book. It has become a book only by increasing font size, including plenty of whitespace, lots of margin space, and plenty of semi-empty pages. And a whole bunch of very poorly executed photos (dear editors, Melville is an essayist, not a photographer; get a professional next time). Which begs the question why it is priced as a book and not a short essay.

But while it is very well written (almost poetic) the content leaves somewhat to be desired, with a rather superficial analysis of contemporary London. Yes, some of the ideas are good, but they need more thought and more factual backing, as often they just come across as unsubstantiated opinion.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By S Noble
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I'm a big fan of China Mieville and when i read the other reviews for this book i expected it to contain a view of london that offered a new perspective on current issues. what i found instead was a collection of basic opinions held by the majority of england about the last 3-4 years of economic decline and the widening rich-poor divide.

this would only be useful to someone who's lived under a rock or has been in a coma for the last 5 years, there's nothing in the contents that hasn't been endlessly discussed through every news medium available, i felt betrayed and misled by the other reviews and angry that i'd parted with £5.

and don't even get me started on the grainy pictures incorporated in the essay, i felt they were added to plump out the book, and add a few page numbers and had no really content or bearing.

Overall don't waste your money, stick to his fictional works (which are unparalleled in his genre)
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