London as an idiosyncratic metropolis may be on the verge of fading into history as it joins cities across the world, in becoming a megatropolis with uniform architecture and big name brands wherever you care to look. The prospect is both troubling and inspiring.
Iain Sinclair has spent half his life writing about London, now he ventures out onto its streets for one last time to capture the city in this time of era-defining change. Travelling from the newest jewel in the capital 's skyline the Shard to the suburbs and back again, he reflects on the rich and destitute lives lived parallel, the ghosted yarns that have become accepted myths, bicycle politics and culture, the marks of Thatcherism, and the question of where London begins and where it ends. Linguistically breath-taking and a reservoir for the imagination, The Last London is a monumental epic defining the city for today 's generation and tomorrow 's, and Sinclair remains a pioneer until the very end.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 11 / 2017