Author: Paul Talling
Publisher: Random House
View: 904A fascinating book about the London that tourists don’t see. Paul Talling has been recording ramshackle London for several years and his website has become a point of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of fans. In his book, he looks at the cream of the down-at-heel, blending photographs with accounts of how certain buildings and sights fell into disrepair and what is likely to happen to them. Houses, pubs, cinemas, bomb shelters, cemeteries and shops are all meticulously recorded and celebrated. From the decaying houses on the North Circular to the faded glory of the Tidal Basin Tavern in Royal Victoria Dock (closed 1980), via Battersea Power Station and the Dalston Theatre, this is an extraordinary record of often wonderful London landmarks that are now prey to neglect, vandalism and the developer’s demolition crew. With over 100 colour photographs and accompanying text, Derelict London is a fascinating historical record of many of London’s disappearing landmarks.