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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost twice over, 9 Mar. 2013
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This is a fascinating book set in the era when the developers and planners set about destroying the heart of historical London. Not all of the changes they made were bad but there was a sense of loss even then of something of the character of the place. Fletcher, with his artists eye and breathy prose sets about documenting the hidden parts of London's character even as they are being concreted over. So we get to travel the streets of London and to not see what Fletcher saw as so very little remains and the most poignant part of the book is Dan Cruickshanks introduction decrying this very thing. Fletcher waxes lyrical over some parts of London that actually benefited from development and some things he found lovely were odd. His love for Kensal Green cemetery for instance while ignoring Nunhead, Highgate etc. was odd as I found Kensal Green to be the least interesting of the five major Victorian era cemeteries.

This is a good book to read if you want a "before" picture of the effects of the fifties and sixties development boom which was not always good. However much of it is now irrelevant and only Fletchers pictures and contemporary photos can show what was lost. My only hope is that this book does highlight the damage that development can do, even while we reap the benefits. We should not lose the character of our environments to greed
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