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A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley
Nov 08, 2010 | 400 Pages
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“A book of finespun rage … a book that had to be written. Wittily, bitterly, pithily, mostly accurately, Hatherley tells it how it is.”—Rowan Moore, Observer

“This surgical evisceration of the cityscapes of Blairism is required reading.”—Hugh Pearman, RIBA Journal

“Wonderfully provocative.”—Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

“Hatherley is always entirely clear about his personal standpoint, so his criticisms never seem unjustified … A rather bleak undercurrent is tempered by Hatherley’s often witty observations and easy-going prose style.”—PopMatters

“This is a different kind of Heritage Britain, the kind that the tourists don’t usually get to see … this is also the real Britain, and Hatherley is the most informed, opinionated and acerbic guide you could wish for.”—Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times

“Roomy and intellectually sophisticated.. It is bold and original, and it may change how you see British cities.”—Andy Beckett, Guardian

“This is fear and loathing in Lost Albion riffed by a quainter version of Hunter S Thompson.”—Jay Merrick, Independent

“Painted with a raging energy that is exhilarating … [It’s] political, sinister, sometimes funny.”—Gwyn Griffiths, Morning Star

“A serious left-field attempt to provoke thought and argument … This is an important book that is entirely worthy of the arguments it sets out to provoke.”—Patrick Wright, Architecture Today

“Hatherley deserves to be widely read … he has brought a welcome freshness and honesty to architectural criticsm.”—Chris Hall, Icon

“In this angry, fiercely funny book, Owen Hatherley steps forward as the Pevsner of the PFI generation, an erudite, urbane guide to the Ballardian wreckage of millennial Britain. Essential reading for anyone who ever feels their blood start to boil when they hear the word ‘regeneration.’”—Hari Kunzru

“An exhilarating book. Owen Hatherley brings to bear a quizzing eye, venomous wit, supple prose, refusal to curry favour, rejection of received ideas, exhaustive knowledge and all-round bolshiness.This book is as much a marker for an era as English Journey and Outrage were.”—Jonathan Meades

“The latest heir to Ruskin … Hatherley blasts the architectural style of New Labour Britain. Whatever your pet-hate, Hatherley will probably have some enjoyably cruel words for it.”—Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“A useful and entertaining guide to the state of our built environment .”—Hari Kunzru, Observer, Books of the Year 2010

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