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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007494270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007494279
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When he first came to London, John Rogers moved into a terraced house in Forest Gate with the ambition of living like The Young Ones. He made sense of his new environment by walking everywhere he could, making notes in a Lion Brand notebook.
He first put pen to paper writing plays, sketches, and stand-up which he performed in London fringe venues. He has worked on numerous projects with comedian Russell Brand and directed documentaries including The London Perambulator and Make Your Own Damn Art: the World of Bob and Roberta Smith. John also produced and co-presented Ventures and Adventures in Topography on Resonance 104.4fm with Nick Papadimitriou.
Most recently, he built a shed at the bottom of his garden that he painted red and green, which he is unusually proud of.

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‘Leave the Oyster card at home and set out in your walking shoes with Rogers as a companion – and be prepared to see London in a whole new way.’ Time Out

‘Rich with surprises …Rogers conjured up magical little worlds that we would otherwise pass by.’ Metro

‘The author’s love of exploration is infectious. Anyone who reads This Other London will find themselves with an unexpected itch to visit the Welsh Harp Reservoir or Hounslow Heath … [John Rogers is] the Brian Cox of topology, inspiring wonder and curiosity.’ Londonist

‘John is endowed with a gentle, humorous wisdom, which is evident throughout these pages… You, like me, could have no better guide than the man who has written this book.’ Russell Brand

About the Author

When he first came to London, John Rogers moved into a terraced house in Forest Gate with the ambition of living like The Young Ones. He made sense of his new environment by walking everywhere he could, making notes in a Lion Brand notebook.

He first put pen to paper writing plays, sketches, and stand-up which he performed in London fringe venues. He has worked on numerous projects with comedian Russell Brand and directed documentaries including The London Perambulator and Make Your Own Damn Art: the World of Bob and Roberta Smith. John also produced and co-presented Ventures and Adventures in Topography on Resonance 104.4fm with Nick Papadimitriou.

Most recently, he built a shed at the bottom of his garden that he painted red and green, which he is unusually proud of.


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Here are the travels of a man who loves suburban exploration in the metropolis. Like a reversal of the lead character of 1960’s TV absurdity The Strange World of Gurney Slade, who stepped out of a spectacle of ordinariness into a weird world, when John Rogers steps outside the soap opera we all spend some time in, he purposefully takes ordinariness with him.
Where others detect esoteric patterns (Sinclair), striations (Richardson) or hyper-subjectivity and hyper-empiricism jumbled together (Papadimitriou), John Rogers remorselessly extracts the everyday from itself. He avoids obsessive enthusiasm: “I don’t look too hard” he writes of a “fragment of the mansion where the Langthorne monks retired”. But sometimes he looks very hard and deep indeed. Yet he explicitly dispenses with a certain kind of immersed and aesthetic walking: “I also didn’t fancy... superimposing a chest X-ray over the map and walking around my rib-cage.” He takes a swing at “what it is now fashionable to call ‘edgelands’”. He tosses strategies aside as so many prophylactics getting in the way of his direct connection to the terrain.
What Rogers seeks is an everyday “freedom” where “[T]here’s no barrier between you and the world”. Such straightforwardness characterises his wanders; just as Papadimitriou’s Stonehenge, Rogers tells us, is “the Mogden Purification Works”, so his own god is an inflatable Sonic the hedgehog and his Pan is the ivy itself.
Or so it seems...
After all, Rogers “listens to roads”.
And he is always convivial, both in his prose style and in the wonderful encounters he recounts along the way – and yet he is often solitary. A lone-ness at the heart of wandering blokedom.
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An interesting saunter off the beaten track with an affable tour guide. For those who want to skim below the surface and discover the villages that make up London.
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Great little book for the byways of alternative london.Really enjoyable read.I will enjoy making a few of the walks and visiting the sites described.
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Give insite to another side of London. Written in a quirky style. An excellent read for those of us outside the capital
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