Peter Murray has combined his unparalleled knowledge of the world of architecture with his wicked perception and journalistic skills to pen a stunner of a story. Any aspiring starchitect will learn more tricks of the trade from this raunchy tale than from years of architecture school!
With the countdown to London's massive 2012 Olympian building programme in full tilt, here's a timely and knowing tale of competing architects vying for the coveted bids and glittering prizes of a fictional EuroGames.
From bedroom to boardroom this racey romp literally gallops along - there is a memorable mise-en-scène at Siena's world-famous Palio - as rival protagonists Harry Jamb and Freddie Shaw and a cast of other ego-centric and mostly randy architects, designers, planners, patrons, PAs, mayors, and journalists jostle for position and plaudits. The sprinkling of real architects and designer labels add to the heated atmosphere as the reader is carried towards the inexorable deadline of the Games' grand opening. The author knows the world of the architect-as-superstar well, and lays it bare in this entertaining exposé.