This Other London: Adventures in the Overlooked City

This Other London: Adventures in the Overlooked City

by John Rogers, Russell Brand

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Overview

Join John Rogers as he ventures out into an uncharted London like a redbrick Indiana Jones in search of the lost meaning of our metropolitan existence. Nursing two reluctant knees and a can of Stella, he perambulates through the seasons seeking adventure in our city’s remote and forgotten reaches.When John Rogers packed away his rucksack to start a family in London he didn’t stop travelling. But instead of canoeing up the Rejang River to find retired headhunters in Sarawak, he caught the ferry to Woolwich in search of the edge of the city at Crayford Marshes.This Other London recounts that journey and many others – all on foot and epic in their own cartilage-crunching way. Clutching a samosa and a handful of out-of-date A-Zs, he heads out into the wilderness of isolated luxury apartment blocks in Brentford, the ruins of Lesnes Abbey near Thamesmead, and the ancient Lammas Lands in Leyton.Denounced by his young sons as a ‘hippy wizard’, Rogers delves into some of the overlooked stories rumbling beneath the tarmac of the city suburbs. Holy wells in Lewisham; wassailing in Clapton; a heretical fresco in West Ham. He encounters the Highwaymen of Hounslow Heath, Viet Cong vets still fighting Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket in Beckton, Dutch sailors marooned at Erith pier; and cyclists – without Bradley Wiggins’ sideburns – at Herne Hill Velodrome. He heads out to Uxendon Hill to witness the end of the world, Horsenden Hill to learn its legend, and Tulse Hill to the observatory of the Victorian Brian Cox.This Other London will take you into the hinterland of the city. The London that is lived in; the London where workaday dormitory suburbs sit atop a rich history that could rival Westminster and Tower Bridge. In an age when no corner of the globe has been left untrampled-upon by hordes of tourists, it is time to discover the wonders on our doorstep.This Other London is your gateway through the underexplored nooks of London. As Pathfinder wrote in 1911, ‘Adventure begins at home’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007557189
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 438,453
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV presenter and actor. He has won numerous awards including Time Out's ‘Comedian of the Year’, ‘Best Live Stand-up’ at the British Comedy Awards, ‘Best TV Performer’ at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, ‘Most Stylish Man’ at GQ's Men of the Year Awards. The first instalment of his autobiography, My Booky Wook, was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. It also won the Tesco ‘Biography of the Year’ award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

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