By (author) Iain Sinclair
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Downriver by Iain Sinclair
Book DescriptionDownriver is a brilliant London novel by its foremost chronicler, Iain Sinclair. It is the winner of the Encore award and the James Tait Black memorial prize. The Thames runs through Downriver like an open wound, draining the pain and filth of London and its mercurial inhabitants. Commissioned to document the shifting embankments of industry and rampant property speculation, a film crew of magpie scavengers, high-rent lowlife, broken criminals and reborn lunatics picks over the rivers detritus. They examine the wound, hoping to expose the cause of the city's affliction..."Remarkable: part apocalyptic documentary, part moth-eaten ghost story, part detective story. Inventive and stylish, Sinclair is one of the most interesting of contemporary novelists". (Sunday Times). "One of those idiosyncratic literary texts that revivify the language, so darn quotable as to be the reader's delight and the reviewer's nightmare". (Guardian). "Crazy, dangerous, prophetic". (Angela Carter). Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor's Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital, Dining on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk. He is also the editor of London: City of Disappearances.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141014852
(198mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Iain Sinclair
London in Fragments, Hardback (September 2016)
Objects found on the banks of the Thames tell the stories of Londoners through the centuries.
Liquid City, Hardback (May 2016)
A celebrated collaboration between writer Iain Sinclair and photographer Marc Atkins, documenting the duo's peregrinations around London's back streets, canals and landmarks.
London Overground, Paperback (April 2016)
Explores modern London through a day's hike around the London Overground route.
Black Apples of Gower, Hardback (July 2015)» View all books by Iain Sinclair
Provoked by the strange, enigmatic series of paintings, Afal du Brogwyr (Black Apple of Gower), made by the artist Ceri Richards, Sinclair leaves behind the familiar, 'murky elsewheres' of his life in Hackney, carrying an envelope of B&W photos and old postcards, along with fragments of memory that neither confirm nor deny whether he belongs here.
UK Kirkus Review » A huge critical and popular success; set on a stretch of the Thames, it explores historic and contemporary London life through real, surreal and mystical events. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Thames 1992 Encore Award. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair was born in Cardiff in 1943. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry non-fiction, including Lud Heat; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Downriver; Radon Daughters; Lights Out for the Territory; Rodinsky's Room, with Rachel Lichtenstein; Landor's Tower; London Orbital; Dining On Stones; Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk; American Smoke and London Overground. Downriver won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award. He lives in Hackney, east London.
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