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This review is from: Night Haunts: A Journey Through the London Night (Paperback)
Sukhdev Sandhu's slim but enlightening volume is an anthology of essays about those whose job it is to keep London working during the night. He talks to pest control workers, minicab drivers, those who answer the phones for the late shift at the Samaritans, and a slightly suspect exorcist, among others (sex workers are strangely absent from the book). All of the essays are interesting, (with some being inevitably better than others) and the essays work together very well to produce an intriguing portrait of the urbanized human at night, a peculiar creature estranged and dissociated from daylight society.
The majority of reviewers here seem to find Sandhu's prose pretentious, but this is psychogeography, and it goes with the territory. Also, if the pretentiousness occasionally gives way to exhilarating, bravura writing such as the first chapter, about London's airborne police and their singular relationship with the city, then that's fine by me. A unique and fascinating book.