John Martin Robinson

Urban Wasteland

Britain’s Lost Cities

By

Aurum 192pp £25 order from our bookshop

The architectural destruction of British cities in the middle forty years of the twentieth century – from about 1930 to 1970 – is not paralleled elsewhere in Europe, nor can it be entirely explained by economic conditions, wartime bombing or Socialist theory. While both the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ economy in the Midlands and South East in the 1930s and the property boom of the 1960s led to massive urban destruction, prosperity and economic progress need not of themselves have caused so much damage. On the contrary, the more buoyant finance-based prosperity of the 1980s or Edwardian Britain was a strong spur to architectural preservation and enhancement.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,