London, City of DisappearancesThursday 26 October 2006, 7 p.m. · 71 minutes
The suburbs have invaded the inner city... All the old descriptions are being shredded and scrambled, and I don't think we'll be able to say 'This is suburb, or not' anymore.
Alongside the contemporary London of noise and celebrity is that other city: of the dead, the unvoiced, the erased. Iain Sinclair has long been fascinated by interzones, cracks, crannies, ‘lost’ biographies and myths of place. In London: City of Disappearances, he turns away from official versions and approved histories, and with the help of a host of contributors, brings to light the fugitive scraps, faded newspaper cuttings and patterns in the dust. Sinclair was joined at the Bookshop by novelist and psychogeographer Will Self and the outspoken architectural commentator Jonathan Meades to discuss the book.