Something strange is happening on British shores. Britain has a long history of folk tales, ghost stories and other uncanny fictions, and these literary ley lines are still shimmering beneath the surface of this green and pleasant land. Every few generations this strangeness crawls out from the dark places of the British imagination, seeping into our art and culture

We are living through such a time. This Dreaming Isle is an anthology of new horror stories and weird fiction … More

London is in a state of constant transformation, layer upon layer built up over centuries of destruction and reconstruction. There is so much change all around us that we scarcely notice it, but among the areas now vanished and forgotten are some of the city’s most famous, and infamous, neighbourhoods.

  Vanished City takes us to ten areas, well-known in their day,which have disappeared from the A-Z. Each chapter tells … More

What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday & extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of mountaineers.

With profiles of some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction – from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from … More

The Storm is a work of journalism & science reporting by Defoe. It has been called the first substantial work of modern journalism, the first detailed account of a hurricane in Britain. It relates the events of a week-long storm that hit London starting on 24 November & reaching its height on the night of 26/27 November 1703. Known as the Great Storm of 1703, & described by Defoe as “The Greatest, the Longest in Duration, the widest in Extent, of all the Tempests & Storms that History gives any Account of since the Beginning of Time.”

Defoe described the storm as “the tempest that destroyed woods and forests all over England” “Most People expected the Fall … More

New release from Iain Sinclair, in store tomorrow. “We shape ourselves, & are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us. Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise & even breathe. They can isolate & endanger us but they can also heal us. We project our hopes & fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories. In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions – through London, Marseille, Mexico & the Outer Hebrides.”

He explores the relationship between sickness and structure, and between art, architecture, social planning and health, taking plenty of detours … More

The city stretched beneath his arms was a cluster of skyscrapers & factories, pylons, gasworks & clocktowers, its coastline fraught with crested waves, its hills rising through the urban sprawl like naked limbs. A closer look found the monster-humps of the Forth Bridge bounding over black, nameless water; what was surely the paddle steamer Waverley chugged a narrower channel further south. And there, no mistake, were Glasgow Cathedral & the Necropolis overlooking Dennistoun.

At the foot, sitting on the rim of the picture frame and almost missable, was a tiny man with glasses; … More