Curiocity: In Pursuit of London
by Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose
Review by Don Brown
This book can be ordered from John Sandoe Books
This is a fantastic – in all sense of the word – book about London, one that reimagines the ‘guidebook’ in the same way that Peter Ackroyd’s London: the Biography reinvented historical writing about the capital. And just as Ackroyd set a benchmark, every new guide to London will now be viewed with reference to Curiocity.
Like London it seems like a huge, sprawling mass to begin with, but get closer and you’ll see it is organised into 26 chapters – illustrated with hand drawn maps – that explore a different aspect of the city, from Atlas to Zones, by way of Dust, Knowledge, Vanitas and Wyrd.