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Living with Buildings: And Walking with Ghosts - On Health and Architecture
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Iain Sinclair
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Living with Buildings: And Walking with Ghosts - On Health and Architecture

Iain Sinclair


Faber & Faber

Architectural structure & design;
Social & cultural history;
Public health & preventive medicine;
Human geography;
Travel writing


208 pages

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Buildings shape our lives and our health. They affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate us, make us sick or put us in danger, but they can also heal. We, in turn, make our buildings an extension of ourselves: our hopes, fears and vanities. The structures we choose to inhabit absorb our histories and leave traces for future generations to read.

In Living With Buildings Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of journeys - through London, Marseilles, the Outer Hebrides and Sweden - to explore the conflicted relationship between sickness and structure. He investigates the connection between art, architecture, social planning and health, and considers the notion that we refine our own pathologies until we locate the buildings in which to place them.

A father and his daughter, who suffers from a rare syndrome, return to the estate where they once lived. A whalebone box, a fetish made for contemplation of mortality, is carried back to the Isle of Harris with unexpected consequences. Part travelogue, part polemic, part poem, Living With Buildings brings Sinclair's writing to new and exciting places.

By:   Iain Sinclair
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   376g
ISBN:   9781788160469
ISBN 10:   1788160460
Series:   Wellcome Collection
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Iain Sinclair was born in South Wales. He went to school in the west of England and university in Dublin. He lives, walks and writes in East London. His books include Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Prize), Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital, Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, American Smoke and The Last London. Living with Buildings is published in association with Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.

Sinclair's recent work represents some of the most important in contemporary English letters -- Will Self * New Statesman * The most crucial and most bar-adjusting voice currently resonating in the English language -- Alan Moore Sinclair breathes wondrous life into monstrous, man-made landscapes * Times Literary Supplement * The truest and most knowledgeable living writer on London. * Evening Standard * He is incapable of writing a dull paragraph * Scotland on Sunday * On his territory there's nobody to touch him ... a gonzo Samuel Pepys * Sunday Times * As a stylist Sinclair is incomparable -- Peter Ackroyd An explosion of literary fireworks * The Times * Sentence for sentence, there is no more interesting writer at work in English -- John Lanchester * Daily Telegraph *

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