qatsi (qatsi) wrote,


Book Review: London Orbital, by Ian Sinclair
Rescued from the pile destined for Mortimer Station library, I didn't have particularly high hopes for this. It turned out fair, though it's interesting how dated a lot of the references seem. Sinclair took a route following closely the course of the motorway, with fellow-travellers, in 1999, though the book wasn't written up until 2001 or so, with references to Foot and Mouth, and 9/11. There are recurrent themes of urban decay, asylum hospitals, sprawl, shoebox housing development and transport caffs, interspersed with less ubiquitous features such as gated communities and excursions to other related places of interest off the main route, and The Dome. He clearly didn't like Thatcher and doesn't have time for Blair; perhaps Jezza might be acceptable. Certainly the book feels like a slog and it's slow going. It has to be said that Sinclair's view is inherently dour and frequently gloomy; this is no promotional travelogue.
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