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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241964857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241964859
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Iain Sinclair was born in Cardiff in 1943. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry non-fiction, including Lud Heat; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Downriver; Radon Daughters; Lights Out for the Territory; Rodinsky's Room, with Rachel Lichtenstein; Landor's Tower; London Orbital; Dining On Stones; Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk; American Smoke and London Overground. Downriver won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award. He lives in Hackney, east London.


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Like Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair is fond of a non-linear approach to the history and geography of a city and this collection of essays snakes around the mystery of London in much the same way as Ackroyd's "London: A Biography".

Perhaps because this is a compilation rather than a work by a single author, it's been more easily accepted as a fascinating fund of anecdote and history which doesn't need to adopt a chronological approach. Intermittently thrilling - and perfect to dip in and out of.
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It very poetic. The way the book is tsructured reminds me of Honoré de Balzac's novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life... in this book the panorama is about English life in London in the past. I totally recommend it!
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An ambitious volume which brings up some real gems courtesy of Marina Warner, Anthony Frewin, Will Self, Bill Drummond but precious few others. I can't help feeling that Mr Sinclair should have given his contributors a tighter brief or at least been a bit more generous with the scissors in the final edit. Eventually the writings become more and more disparate until what you get is an anthology of work all loosely connected to the capital in some way. Some of the entries (especially Sinclair's own ones) are genuinely baffling and the reader is given frustratingly little explanation to their appearance; if this is deliberate, it doesn't work.

If readers are looking for decent anthologies of London social history, myth and ephemera, there are other compendiums on the market that are far more worthwhile.
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