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Ian Nairn: Words in Place Paperback – Illustrated, 11 Nov 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Five Leaves Publications; Ist edition (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907869875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907869877
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nairn, in his raincoat and Morris Minor, was an unlikely Icarus. He flew, he burned, he drowned. As alcoholism is now recognised as a disease, we should perhaps simply say that that is what killed him, but it might also be possible to guess that, in asking architecture to fill an emotional void, he was seeking the impossible. Also, that, in wanting officialdom to feel as intensely about places as he did, he was doomed to disappointment. But anyone who cares even slightly about their surroundings should be intensely grateful for his attempt. --Rowan Moore, The Observer

I am far from alone in having the awkward, melancholic architectural writer and broadcaster as one of my heroes: partly for his deep conviction that the built environment mattered, partly for his insistence - in defiance of modernist orthodoxy - that people mattered more. One day no doubt Nairn will get a heavy-duty biography, but for the time being this elegant, rather slighter treatment does the job with charm and just the right degree of critical affection. --David Kynaston, The Guardian

...a wonderful book, precise on his passions and his outrages, making you want to read his work afresh. It even contains some of his photography, with a great visual gag to start and end with, which I won't spoil. --John Grindrod, C20 Magazine

About the Author

Gillian Darley has written a several biographies and the pioneering 'Villages of Vision'. Her latest book, 'Vesuvius', was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. David McKie is a former deputy editor of the Guardian. His most recent books include 'McKie's Gazetteer' and 'Great British Bus Journeys'.


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