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Sebastian Groes is a writer and academic. He is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and author of a book about the contemporary London novel, The Making of London. He specialises in contemporary fiction, and has edited books on some of the finest writers including Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Julian Barnes. As new study on Sixties fiction will be out in December 2013. He has worked with authors such as Hanif Kureishi, Maureen Duffy, Niall Griffiths, Tom McCarthy, Tiffany Murray, Susanna Jones, Helen Walsh and Kevin Sampson. He has collaborated with artists including Christian Nold, Hugo Spiers, Sam Roberts and Kamala Katbamna.

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'Groes has written a work of impressive insight and erudition.' - PD Smith, The Guardian

'Anyone who has read Moorcock, Duffy, Ackroyd or Ballard and wondered how it all fits together will be fascinated and enlightened.'- Euan Ferguson, Time Out London

'The Making of London is fascinating. Refreshingly free of the dryness that mars a lot of critical writing, and it introduced me to a lot of stuff I previously knew nowt about.' - Niall Griffiths

'I am most impressed. The corpus is an interesting and challenging one, and the photography is a brilliant addition.'- Richard Todd, Leiden University

'Groes has produced an impressive book, wide-ranging in its scope, subtle in its analysis and adept at keeping numerous intellectual balls in the air. It will, I have little doubt, become a standard text for students and academics working on 'Contemporary' London literature, and English literature more generally.' - Alex Murray, University of Exeter, UK
 
'Sebastian Groes' groundbreaking book [is] a highly detailed and meticulous study of [...] the major shifts and developments in London novels since the early 1980s. The Making of London covers a wide scope in terms of authors, narration and critical praxis, and is hence an asset for English literature students and academics alike.' - Sebnem Toplu, Interactions

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The Making of London traces the complex transformations of Britain's capital city in the contemporary London novel since Thatcher

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