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Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire

A Confidential Report


Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd


Language:English | Number of Pages: 592 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0241142164 | Isbn-13: 9780241142165 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
Once an Arcadian suburb of grand houses, orchards and conservatories, Hackney declined into a zone of asylums, hospitals and dirty industry. Persistently revived, reinvented, betrayed, it has become a symbol of inner-city chaos, crime and poverty. Now, the Olympics, a final attempt to clamp down on a renegade spirit, seeks to complete the process: erasure disguised as 'progress'. In this 'documentary fiction', Sinclair meets a cast of the dispossessed, including writers, photographers, bomb-makers and market traders. Legends of tunnels, Hollow Earth theories and the notorious Mole Man are unearthed. He uncovers traces of those who passed through Hackney: Lenin and Stalin, novelists Joseph Conrad and Samuel Richardson, film-makers Orson Welles and Jean-Luc Godard, Tony Blair beginning his political career, even a Baader-Meinhof urban guerrilla on the run. And he tells his own story: of forty years in one house in Hackney, of marriage, children, strange encounters, deaths.
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    a book for a little cult of worshipers... which I don't belong. I've always been a South east Londoner, during my time there. I expected this book to be a door into Hackney- it isn't, or it is if you are one of the chosen few that know what Sinclair is talking about. Shame. Abandoned without even reaching half the book.

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