A unique evocation of Britain at the height of Margaret Thatcher's rule, A Journey Through Ruins views the transformation of the country through the unexpected prism of every day life in East London. Written at a time when the looming but still unfinished tower of Canary Wharf was still wrapped in protective blue plastic, its cast of characters includes council tenants trapped in disintegrating tower blocks, depressed gentrifiers worrying about negative equity, metal detectorists, sharp-eyed estate agents and management consultants, and even Prince Charles. Written half a century after the blitz, the book reviews the rise and fall of the London of the post-war settlement. It remains one of the very best accounts of what it was like to live through the Thatcher years. This reissue includes a new introduction revisiting the book's East End starting point in Dalston Lane, four additional chapters, and an insert of photographs taken in and around Dalston in the year of the book's first appearance.
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Patrick Wright is the author of a number of highly acclaimed best-selling history books, including The Village that Died for England, Tank (described by Simon Schama as "a tour de force"), and Iron Curtain (which John le Carre called "a work of wit, style and waggish erudition").
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Book Description Radius, 1991. Book Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. , 600grams, ISBN:9780091731908. Bookseller Inventory # 7015388
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 294 pp. Solid copy with tanned pages. from a smokers house. Makes an excellent sound reading copy and priced accordingly with secure boxed packaging! k3. Bookseller Inventory # 5573
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Book Description Radius Pr, New York, 1992. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 8vo pp.  294 age toning to the pages.A pensioner falls over and drowns in a puddle on the pavement. The council tower blocks are inhabited by tenants who feel like outlaws in the middle of the city. The author gives his views of London as a city of frantic rhetoric and failing services. book. Bookseller Inventory # 137026