Psychogeographer Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions through London, Marseilles, Mexico and the Outer Hebrides to explore the relationships between our health and the buildings that surround us, while taking many detours along the way. Walking is Sinclair's defensive magic against illness and, as he moves, he observes his surroundings: stacked tower blocks and behemoth estates, halogen-lit glasshouse offices and humming hospitals, the blackened hull of a Spitalfields church and the floating mass of Le Corbusier's radiant city.
Sinclair also peels back layers of life. A father and his daughter (who has a rare syndrome) visit the estate where they once lived. Developers clink champagne glasses as residents are 'decanted' from their homes. A box sculpted from whalebone, thought to contain healing properties, is returned to its origins with unexpected consequences. Part investigation, part travelogue, this book brings the spaces we inhabit to life as never before.
Sinclair's recent work represents some of the most important in contemporary English letters – Will Self, New Statesman
Sinclair breathes wondrous life into monstrous, man-made landscapes – Times Literary Supplement