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This review is from: Scarp (Hardcover)
I discovered Nick' work through a film, The London Perambulator, made about him a couple of years ago, and from the film and finding out that he contributed research for Will Self's The Book of Dave, probably my favourite modern novel, I was eagerly anticipating Scarp. It hasn't disappointed.
In terms of categorisation, it is easier to say what Scarp isn't than what it is. It isn't an autobiography, nor a travelogue, nor a geographical analysis of the area it describes, nor is it psychology or a Kerouacian stream of conscious narrative - yet in part it is all these and more.
Poetic, inspiring, beautiful writing about an area that I know well but now see from a totally new angle. Having lived for a good portion of my life in South Hertfordshire, Scarp was at once familiar territory and a fresh vision. Nick's approach and his writing are quite simply - to use word that is sadly overused in its true sense - unique.
I would highly recommend Scarp, both to anyone who knows the South Hertfordshire/ North London area - you will see the familiar in a very different way - and to anyone else, with the assurance that you will be drawn in by the quality of the prose and will very soon feel you know the district - and Nick himself.