Good morning my loves!
I hope you’re having a good day so far. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Today South London, Tomorrow South London by Andrew Grumbridge & Vincent Raison, published on the 25th of October 2018 by Unbound. This book, once it popped up on my radar, was one that sounded so different to anything that I have previously read, I knew I had to get in on that tour. And here we are! I am sharing my review of this book with you all!
London is one of the most written about cities in the world. Some of London, anyway. South London has been a slum, a resort and a neglected annex of the capital. But only now in the 21st century has it forged its own identity and purpose. And only now is this wonky wonderland going to get the book it deserves, the first book about South London since 1947.
The authors, under their noms de plume, Dulwich Raider and Dirty South, record offbeat days out and half-remembered urban adventures featuring pubs, cemeteries, galleries, hospitals and pubs again, often in the company of their volatile dealer, Half-life, and the much nicer Roxy.
Part guide, part travelogue, this book is a collection of these tales with the addition of new material that their publisher absolutely insisted upon. South London, that maligned wasteland where cabbies once feared to drive, can no longer be ignored. The South is risen!
Okay, so. I love a little trip to London, and have done at least once a year (for a long weekend) for the last several years. I’d thought that I had a pretty good idea of what was fun to do in London, and what it was like. The biggest thing reading this quirky book was how little I actually know about South London, and how little of it I had actually explored. I would now like to organise a pub crawl, please!
It is not often that a book makes me actually chuckle out loud, but this one did several times! With stories that may shock those of you are not used to it, I found (as someone that is pretty unshockable) intelligent, witty and completely relatable. I found both Deserter and Half-Life were brilliant narrators that I would love to hear more from.
I don’t want to give too much away, as I try to do with all of my reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed this jaunt around South London and would recommend you try and get your mitts on a copy! I’d like to thank Anne Carter, #RandomThingsTours and Unbound for the chance to take part in this tour. Have you read this or will you be adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!
Peace and pages