The Thames runs downriver like an open wound, draining the pain and filth of London and its mercurial inhabitants. Commissioned to document the shifting embankments of failed industry and rampant property speculation, a film crew of magpie scavengers, high-rent lowlife, criminals and lunatics picks over the river’s detritus.
Downriver is a brilliant London novel by its foremost chronicler, Iain Sinclair.
WINNER OF THE ENCORE AWARD AND THE JAMES TAIT BLACK MEMORIAL PRIZE
The Thames runs through Downriver like an open wound, draining the pain and filth of London and its mercurial inhabitants. Commissioned to document the shifting embankments of industry and rampant property speculation, a film crew of magpie scavengers, high-rent lowlife, broken criminals and reborn lunatics picks over the rivers detritus. They examine the wound, hoping to expose the cause of the city’s affliction . . .
‘Remarkable: part apocalyptic documentary, part moth-eaten ghost story, part detective story. Inventive and stylish, Sinclair is one of the most interesting of contemporary novelists’ Sunday Times
‘One of those idiosyncratic literary texts that revivify the language, so darn quotable as to be the reader’s delight and the reviewer’s nightmare’ Guardian
‘Crazy, dangerous, prophetic’ Angela Carter
Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award); Landor’s Tower; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky’s Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); Radon Daughters; London Orbital, Dining on Stones, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk. He is also the editor of London: City of Disappearances.