LAST LONDON: True Fictions from an Unreal City

LAST LONDON: True Fictions from an Unreal City

IAIN SINCLAIR    Book Number: 86545    Product format: Hardback

Though born in Wales in 1943 and educated in Cheltenham and Dublin, for the last five decades Iain Sinclair's life and literary output has been all about London, particularly what may be termed the "psychogeography" of our capital. Loosely defined, this means the effect of the geography, both physical and man-made, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals, and London, with its myriad juxtapositions of wealth and poverty, old and modern, traditional and avant-garde is arguably the best place in the world to observe it. In Hackney, where Sinclair has lived for decades, as well as much of inner London, the people with whom he has sided with - the artists, the eccentrics, the homeless - are moving out, or being moved out. He sets out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a city which appears to be stretched beyond recognition with its massive developments, pop-up shops and wealth and desperation in equal measure, but which, with his unerring eye for the less obvious, still has a soul, an unorthodox heartbeat, hidden amongst the security cameras and cycle superhighways. From the pinnacle of the Shard (Shard-lovers look away now!) to the limits of the Underground at Barking and Croydon, downstream into the Thames estuary, back to the Olympic Park and, naturally, his beloved Hackney, Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch, he reflects on where London and Londoners begin and end in such compelling and thought-provoking prose that you end up not caring whether you agree with him or not - you just don't want this verbal journey to end. Sinclair is incapable of writing a dull sentence. 324pp, photos.
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