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Nightwalking by Matthew Beaumont
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Apr 12, 2016 | ISBN 9781784783785

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“A wonderful book, that has many fascinating things to say about the night-time life of our capital down the ages. Rarely has a book on the subject of darkness been so illuminating; all insomniacs should read it.”
—Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

“An enthralling study of city life and creativity … impressive, magisterial … A copy of Nightwalking should be the indispensable handbook for creative writing classes from Ayrshire to East Anglia.”
—Robert McCrum, Observer

“Part literary criticism, part social history, part polemic, this is a haunting addition to the canon of psychogeography.”
Financial Times

“An important and lively book.”
Times Higher Education

“A lively and learned study … a book that remains personal in tone even when it is flexing its considerable intellectual muscle.”
—Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Guardian

“Rarely has a book about darkness been so illuminating.”
Spectator (“Books of the Year”)

“One of the most brilliant of the younger generation of English critics.”
—Terry Eagleton

“Nothing less than a grand unifying theory of the counter-enlightenment.”
—Will Self

“He releases an ancient, urban miasma that rises from the page, untroubled by electric illumination, allowing us to inhale what Shakespeare’s contemporary Thomas Dekker called ‘that thick tobacco-breath which the rheumaticke night throws abroad.’”

“Teeming and glorious … Matthew Beaumont probes far into the shadows.”
—Alexandra Harris, Times Literary Supplement

“This is a book pulsing with life, just as the streets do, despite attempts to cut that liminal, semi-illicit life off. The foreword and afterword, by Will Self, beautifully bracket the book, reinforcing the idea that the city is layered over time, and that each layer is accessible, and can be made vivid in the imagination. Why Nightwalking has not won a major award is beyond mine.”
—Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

“In Nightwalking, Matthew Beaumont rubs shoulders with the deviants, dissidents and dispossessed who lurk in the shadows of Shakespeare, Johnson, Blake and De Quincey.”
—Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard (“The Best Books About London”)

“The joy of Beaumont’s book is the way it illuminates both literature and urban politics through the splendors and panics of their nighttime journeys.”

“A historical guide to the capital, Beaumont details everything including the ‘villainous’ common nightwalkers and prostitutes of the middle ages and Charles Dickens’s time as an insomniac.”
Dazed & Confused

—Ian Thomson, New Statesman

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