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Observer Books of the YearAuthor: Ben Austwick • Nov 28th, 2005 •
JG Ballard talks about Ian Sinclair’s latest book “Edge of the Orison” in the Observer, Sunday 27th November:
“Iain Sinclair walks every inch of his wonderful novels and psycho-geographies, pacing out huge word-courses like an architect laying out a city on an empty plain. But every book is really a blueprint for something else and this gives his writing its unique mystery. What is actually going on? London Orbital, his heroic walk around the M25, was a noose of words around the neck of London, an elegy for a city about to die. Edge of the Orison is another strange walk, in which Sinclair retraces the journey on foot taken by the mad poet John Clare from his north London asylum to his home in Northampton. Brilliantly written, but it turns out that his wife’s family was related to Clare, and the whole journey becomes a kind of walked love-letter to his wife, Anna.”
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