Pride of the Clyde

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Touring Scotland in 1973 as if it were uncharted Dagestan, the journalists George Gale and Paul Johnson eventually reached Glasgow. They found much to divert them: motorways that bulldozed their way through the city’s heart, the parochialism (in their eyes) of the national newspapers, the seductiveness of the red sandstone tenements and the seriousness and […]

Pillaged People

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

There’s an old saying, ‘One life isn’t enough for Rome.’ Matthew Kneale first visited the city when he was eight, nearly half a century ago. He has now lived there, lucky man, for fifteen years, in which time the desire to write its history has, one assumes, grown on him. But how to set about […]

Capital Losses

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Iain Sinclair has walked the M25 for London Orbital and from Epping Forest to the Midlands to retrace John Clare’s flight from an asylum to his childhood home. This time he laces up his boots to crisscross London before it vanishes. He is confused, he declares: the city in which he has lived for fifty […]

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