Derelict London - the book (published by Random House)
Available in all bookshops inc Waterstones, Foyles, WH Smith plus on the web via The Guardian, Tesco, Asda, Amazon, etc though if you buy it via the Amazon link further down this page I get a better %. Cheers!
"The book is a belter. What we call in my house a Velvet Underground - a great Loo Read" PAUL ROSS - BBC LONDON BREAKFAST SHOW
From the decaying houses on the North Circular, to the faded glory of the Tidal Basin Tavern in Royal Victoria Dock, via Battersea Power Station and the Hoxton Theatre, this is an extraordinary record of often wonderful London landmarks that are now prey to neglect, vandalism and the developer's demolition crew.
Paul Talling has been recording ramshackle London for several years, and here he looks at the cream of the down-at-heel, blending photographs with accounts of how particular buildings and sights fell into disrepair and what is likely to happen to them. The Victorian Concrete House in East Dulwich, for example – a once magnificent example of an early concrete-built house but now a shell. Palmers in Camden Town, formerly the most famous pet shop in London, where Ken Livingstone bought his newts. Strand Tube Station, which featured in films as diverse as Battle of Britain, Superman IV and An American Werewolf in Paris. To mention only a few of the myriad houses, pubs, cinemas, bomb shelters, cemeteries and shops meticulously recorded and celebrated here.
If you've ever peeped curiously through a gap in a boarded-up window or wondered why the building you pass every day is looking distinctly the worse for wear, this is very definitely the book for you.
Thats me with Paul Ross and Jo Good on The BBC LONDON Breakfast Show
"Author, Paul Talling, prowled the metropolis for five years photographing the wretched, the ramshackle, the tumbledown and the downright sinister. From the forlorn suburban terraces on the North Circular Road to the creepily prison-like, rat-infested Ferrier estate in Kidbrooke, from the closed-down rock pubs of Soho to the vast disused granary (as featured in Ashes to Ashes) of the Millennium Mills in Royal Dock, it offers a moving chronicle of living spaces that died and, for the moment, are not being revivified." THE INDEPENDANT
"a wonderful catalogue of the capital's social history. Shots of the old Crystal Palace, the ill-fated Tobacco Docks development and Victorian pubs giving way to Starbucks are richly evocative." EVENING STANDARD
"There's nothing shabby about Derelict London, a thoughtful compendium of unloved and forgotten buildings, the necrotic ulcers in London's hidden underbelly. Photos from the author, some taken in locations where we wouldn't want to risk an expensive SLR, are backed up with illuminating research and tip-offs from fans of his web site." LONDONIST
"When you're done with the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, turn to Paul Talling's detail-packed blog on obscure pockets of the British capital. He'll take you on a fascinating journey of derelict pubs, World War II bunkers, abandoned buildings, and more. Chances are you won't find any of this information in the guidebooks. " TIME MAGAZINE