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A unique evocation of Britain at the height of Margaret Thatcher's rule, A Journey Through Ruins views the transformation of the country through the unexpected prism of every day life in East London. Written at a time when the looming but still unfinished tower of Canary Wharf was still wrapped in protective blue plastic, its cast of characters includes council tenants trapped in disintegrating tower blocks, depressed gentrifiers worrying about negative equity, metal detectorists, sharp-eyed estate agents and management consultants, and even Prince Charles. Written half a century after the blitz, the book reviews the rise and fall of the London of the post-war settlement. It remains one of the very best accounts of what it was like to live through the Thatcher years. This reissue includes a new introduction revisiting the book's East End starting point in Dalston Lane, four additional chapters, and an insert of photographs taken in and around Dalston in the year of the book's first appearance.

Synopsis:

Patrick Wright is the author of a number of highly acclaimed best-selling history books, including The Village that Died for England, Tank (described by Simon Schama as "a tour de force"), and Iron Curtain (which John le Carre called "a work of wit, style and waggish erudition").

About the Author

Patrick Wright is a writer and broadcaster with an interest in the cultural dimensions of modern life. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed best-selling history books, including The Village that Died for England, Tank (described by Simon Schama as 'a tour de force'), and Iron Curtain, which John le Carre described as 'a work of wit, style and waggish erudition.'

He has written for many magazines and newspapers, including the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent, and the Observer, and has made numerous documentaries on cultural themes for both BBC Radio 3 and 4. His television work includes The River, a four-part BBC2 series on the Thames.

He is also a Professor at the Institute for Cultural Analysis at Nottingham Trent University, and a fellow of the London Consortium.

Table of Contents

Going Back to Dalston: Preface to the Oxford Edition


Part One: The Undemolished World of Dalston Lane


1. Street-Corner Vision


2. Around the World in Three Hundred Yards


3. All Cats are Grey by Night


4. Down in the Dirt


5. Dalston Lane Becomes a Downland Track


Part Two: Brideshead and the Tower Blocks


6. Brideshead Relocated


7. Abysmal Heights


8. Rodinsky's Place


9. An Unexpected Reprieve


Part Three: Scenes from the Privatized City


10. The London Bus Queue Falls Apart


11. The Vandalized Telephone Box


12. The Man with a Metal Detector


13. Drinking Water in a Toxic State


Part Four: Tales of Conversion


14. The Park that Lost its Name


15. Remembering London's War


16. The Bow Quarter: Six Hundred and Seventy Luxury Flats in an Old Victorian Hell-House


Part Five: Visions of the New Dawn


17. Excellence: From Fifth Avenue to Hackney Town Hall


18. Refounding the City with Prince Charles


Afterwards...


19. Down Among the Gentrifiers


20. Brick Lane's Day of Killing


21. A Night to Remember


22. Don Giovanni (and Business Planning) Come to the Hackney Empire


23. Siraj Izhar's public lavatory


Notes


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780191580086
Subtitle:
The Last Days of London
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Creator:
Patrick Wright
Author:
Patrick Wright
Author:
Wright, Patrick
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Great Britain Politics and government.
Subject:
London (England) History 1951-
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
History, World | British | Since 1945
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090622
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
397

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"Synopsis" by , Patrick Wright is the author of a number of highly acclaimed best-selling history books, including The Village that Died for England, Tank (described by Simon Schama as "a tour de force"), and Iron Curtain (which John le Carre called "a work of wit, style and waggish erudition").

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