Acclaimed author, Iain Sinclair joins us to discuss his latest book London Overground – a living history of London told through a long day’s hike around the London Overground route, by Britain’s master psychogeographer.
Iain Sinclair’s books include London Orbital, Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, Downriver (which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award) Ghost Milk and American Smoke. He lives in Hackney, East London.
Echoing his journey in London Orbital over a decade ago, Iain Sinclair narrates his second circular walk around the capital. Shortly after rush-hour and accompanied by a rambling companion, Sinclair begins walking along London’s Overground network, or, ‘Ginger Line’. With characteristic playfulness, detours into folk history, withering assessments of the political classes and a joyful allegiance to the ordinary oddball, Sinclair guides us on a tour of London’s trendiest new transport network – and shows the shifting, changing city from new and surprising angles.
‘He is incapable of writing a dull paragraph’ Scotland on Sunday
‘Sinclair breathes wondrous life into monstrous, man-made landscapes’ Times Literary Supplement
‘If you are drawn to English that doesn’t just sing, but sings the blues and does scat and rocks the joint, try Sinclair. His sentences deliver a rush like no one else’s’ Washington Post
‘If you’re a Londoner and haven’t read [London Orbital] by the end of next year, I suggest you leave’ Will Self, Evening Standard
London Overground is available in Hamish Hamilton hardback, 4 June 2015 priced £16.99 and as a simultaneous ebook.