I’ve got a bit behind with my reviewing on this site, but had a book review published today in online literary magazine Review 31. I wrote about a new book on urban explorers called Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City by Bradley L. Garrett (Verso Books).
Here’s a quick extract from my article:
At first glance, ‘place hacking’ may seem like just another form of escapist thrill-seeking. Sneak into a construction site, poke around inside Battersea Power Station, run along train tracks to discover abandoned Underground stations. Dodge the security guards and the alarms and the speeding trains, and take trophy photographs of yourself in places you’re not supposed to be.
In an age of heightened governmental security measures and increasing privatisation of public space, however, innocent exploration becomes a radical act. In Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City, anthropologist Bradley L. Garrett explores all the implications, tracing the modern roots of ‘place hacking’ back to Guy Debord and the Situationists in 1950s Paris, who believed in reclaiming the city and freeing people from the passive, consumption-driven roles allotted to them by the ‘Society of the Spectacle’.
To read the full review, click here.
I was also very pleased to see the other day that Charlie over at The Wormhole blog reviewed my first novel On the Holloway Road. One of the bad things about having a new book out this year has been seeing my first book shunted into history, so it makes me happy when someone reads it, and of course even happier when they review it! You can read the review here.
Now, back to dealing with that book review backlog…