This ingenious new book is an account of the ascent of ‘Mount London’ by a team of writers and urban cartographers, each scaling a smaller hill within the city – from Crystal Palace (112m) to Primrose Hill (78m). The essays and stories in Mount London unpeel London’s history and geography, reimagining the city as mountainous terrain and exploring what it’s like to move through the urban landscape.
Ascents of natural peaks are offset by expeditions to the city’s artificial mountains – The Shard (306m), the chimneys of Battersea Power Station (103m) – the search for ‘ghost hills’ in the back streets, and a descent into the deepest part of the Tube. Mount London is a unique and visionary record of the vertical city.
Matt D. Brown, Sarah Butler, Tom Chivers, Liz Cookman, David Cooper, Tim Cresswell, Alan Cunningham, Joe Dunthorne, Inua Ellams, Katy Evans-Bush, SJ Fowler, Bradley L. Garrett, Edmund Hardy, Justin Hopper, Martin Kratz, Amber Massie-Blomfield, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Helen Mort, Mary Paterson, Gareth E. Rees, Gemma Seltzer, Chrissy Williams, Tamar Yoseloff.
“A lovely read full of lots of interesting historical and geographical snippets”
“In London, no matter how high we climb, we will never escape from each other, and from other hills”
Peter Watts, The Great Wen
“Mount London asks interesting questions about the nature of ascents and journeys, about how we view the city and how other people might view it, and about the history that surrounds us constantly and informs our lives.”
Dan Carpenter, The Cadaverine
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