Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain | John Grindrod (Paperback).
In IconIcon, the new book by writer John Grindrod, the focus is on the Britain that has been built in the last 40 years. It is a landscape populated by 'horrors and delights' that provide us with a living history of our island. From the dreams of Docklands to the rise of hip suburbia (with its shipping container pop-ups), this brilliant new book rifles through the decades of postmodernist exuberance, boxy business parks, inner-city regeneration, austerity and division, and, of course, a slew of Gherkins, Shards and Cheesegraters.
It's good to see the net slung wide too, exceeding the bounds of London to take in major cities across the whole of the UK, there's even a small section on the 'Leeds Look' and the development of the Quarry Hill Estate (info courtesy of our own Clifford Stead!)
This is an often funny, warmly personal and all-embracing read that forms a vivid picture of our lived landscape.
Size: 128 x 198mm (paperback)
Publisher: Faber & Faber