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5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing London at its cruddy best
This is a really brilliant book, with some fantastically funny photos.

From the opening image of the massive graffiti wall that simply reads 'TRAIN WANKERS', I knew that this book would appeal to my base and juvenile sense of humour. Some of the photos are genuinely witty even artistic, but for me it's all about the knob graffiti, bizarrely named shops and...
Published on 16 July 2011 by S. Hall

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1.0 out of 5 stars Weirdness captured
A mildly amusing book with a few really fun photos amongst all the amateur mediocre ones. The 106 show what you can expect to see in various parts of down-market London though I think it's possible to see most of the these in any major UK city. The majority of photos show the predictable defaced posters and signs with a few hand-lettered ones. Other shots show the...
Published on 15 July 2011 by Robin Benson


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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Santa, or a gift for a visitor to London., 25 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Shit London: Snapshots from a City on the Edge (Hardcover)
A quite brilliant book of photgraphs capturing the more obscure, funny and cringeworthy locations and moments in London. From Kebab shops and advertising hoardings with signs in broken English to things that are so daft that you have to wonder how the person that caused them manages to stay alive in London today!
Very funny and well put together. Don't hestiate to buy.
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5 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weirdness captured, 15 July 2011
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This review is from: Shit London: Snapshots from a City on the Edge (Hardcover)
A mildly amusing book with a few really fun photos amongst all the amateur mediocre ones. The 106 show what you can expect to see in various parts of down-market London though I think it's possible to see most of the these in any major UK city. The majority of photos show the predictable defaced posters and signs with a few hand-lettered ones. Other shots show the falling apart environment, like an abandoned car full of weeds or a bike padlocked to some railings but minus both wheels and a saddle.

This has all been done before though and I think rather more successfully. The Caravan Gallery from Portsmouth has produced two lovely photo books: Is Britain Great?: The Caravan Gallery and Is Britain Great? 2: The Caravan Gallery that captures the holes in the fabric of contemporary life. The really nice thing about the books is that none of it is contrived or false and the layout also look far superior to the London title which is really just full of nothing more than amateur snaps.

Patrick Dalton's book features several quirky London shop fronts. A really big selection, from around the country can be found in Guy Swillingham's: Shop Horror: The Best of the Worst in British Shop Names. The art of the pun name clearly hasn't deserted the Nation's retail owners.
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Shit London: Snapshots from a City on the Edge by Patrick Dalton (Hardcover - 7 July 2011)
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