London Clay

Chivers, Tom


‘London Clay’ explores the hidden layers that make up this city. Armed with just his tattered Streetfinder map, Chivers leads his reader down forgotten waterways into abandoned catacombs and buried stations, exploring the nooks and crannies of a forgotten city. His network of journeys combine together to produce a compelling interrogation of London’s past. In a route that covers much of his own personal history, this is a bold exploration of the city’s secrets and asks us also to consider important questions about its future.

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Publish Date: 09/09/2021
ISBN: 9780857526922 Category:


‘A lyrical meditation on landscapes and cities, vivid reportage and a memoir. And also a beautifully realised and moving read.’ Financial Times

‘A beguiling mix of history, geology, folklore and memoir that captivated me from the first page.’ Lara Maiklem, author of Mudlarking

What secrets lie beneath a city?

Tom Chivers follows hidden pathways, explores lost islands and uncovers the geological mysteries that burst up through the pavement and bubble to the surface of our streets. From Roman ruins to a submerged playhouse, from an abandoned Tube station to underground rivers, Chivers leads us on a journey into the depths of the city he loves.

A lyrical interrogation of a capital city, a landscape and our connection to place, London Clay celebrates urban edgelands: in-between spaces where the natural world and the metropolis collide. Through a combination of historical research, vivid reportage and personal memoir, it will transform how you see London, and cities everywhere.

‘Tom Chivers, with the forensic eye of an investigator, the soul of a poet, is an engaging presence; a guide we would do well to follow.’ Iain Sinclair, author of The Last London

Additional information

Weight 704 g
Dimensions 240 × 162 × 41 mm






ix, 448




942.1 (edition:23)


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