A memoir and a series of expeditions undertaken to explore the hidden nature of today's grand projects, Ghost Milk is Iain Sinclair's personal investigation of landscapes ravaged by vanity architectures shaped from smoke and mirrors.
Beginning in his east London home many years before it will be invaded by the Olympian machinery of global capitalism, Sinclair strikes out near and far in search of the forgotten and erased. Among other walks, he travels from the mouth of the Thames to Oxford, crosses Morecambe Bay in the footsteps of drowned Chinese cockle pickers, and visits an Athenian, post-Olympics landscape of vast and deserted stadia.
It is a story of incident and accident, of the curious meeting the bizarre. He writes of being a labourer in Stratford, of Orwellian steps to ban a book launch in a library, of the fundamentalist visions of J.G. Ballard. Stories of police raids, countercultural manifestations, and mass expulsions jostle with accounts of the aftermath of failed grand projects: the Millennium Dome, Thames Gateway, and numerous other half-completed, ill-advised or abandoned structures.
Burrowing under the perimeter fence of the grandest of Grand Projects: the giant myth that is 2012's London Olympics, Ghost Milk finds a landscape under sentence of death. It is a road map to a possible future as well as Iain Sinclair's most powerful statement yet on the throwaway impermanence of the present.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 10 / 2011