David Annand's Peterdown, a reading list

By David Annand - author

David Annand's Peterdown, a reading list

By David Annand - author

Peterdown is a novel of place. Of England past and present, of dilapidated football grounds, exuberant protest camps, fading brutalist estates, ruined abbeys, shuttered high streets. 

Writing about all these things involved thinking about modern England  and what it means to walk around it, live in it, love it and hate it. Here is a list of some brilliant books that inspired me in all kinds of different ways: 

Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Rebecca Solnit


A wonderful book on the politics and aesthetics of walking - a great inspiration for the walks in Peterdown.

Museum Without Walls

Jonathan Meades

£12.99 £12.34

A collection of Meades's many brilliant essays on architecture.

Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity

Marc Auge

£10.99 £10.44

A great book that fed into my thinking about Broadcastle's fictional Greenacre shopping mall, a classic non-place.

The Football Man: People & Passions in Soccer

Arthur Hopcraft

£11.99 £11.39

A delightful book with lots of illuminating passages about the meaning of proper old-school neighbourhood football stadiums.

Concretopia: A Journey around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain

John Grindrod

£12.99 £12.34

Brilliant stuff on the making of our modern towns.

Militant Modernism

Owen Hatherley

£9.99 £9.49

A short, sharp thrilling shock to the senses.

Games Without Frontiers

Joe Kennedy

£8.99 £8.54

A wonderful series of travelogues and essays on modern football.

Ground Control: Fear and happiness in the twenty-first-century city

Anna Minton

£15.99 £15.19

Essential reading on Britain's cities under neoliberal capitalism.

The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes

Patrick Keiller

£9.99 £9.49

Fascinating essays from the man who created two of my favourite films: 'London' and 'Robinson in Space'.

New Model Island: How to Build a Radical Culture Beyond the Idea of England

Alex Niven

£9.99 £9.49

A beautifully written and deeply personal book on how we might create a radical future for England's regions.

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