ICONICON: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain, by John Grindrod

10th March 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Bookseller Crow on the Hill
50 Westow St
London SE19 3AF
The Bookseller Crow
0208 771 8831

Join us for a special event with one of our favourites, John Grindrod, when he discusses his latest title, ICONICON: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain.

A captivating exploration of Britain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, from the modest to the monumental. Wimpey homes, Millennium monuments, riverside flats, wind farms, spectacular skyscrapers, city centre apartments and out of town malls: the buildings designed in our lifetimes encapsulate the dreams and aspirations of our culture, while also revealing the sobering realities. Whether modest or monumental, they offer a living history of Britain, a reminder of the forces that have shaped our modern landscape.ICONICON is an enthralling journey around the Britain we have created since 1980: the horrors and delights, the triumphs and failures. From space-age tower blocks to suburban business parks, and from postmodernist exuberance to Passivhaus eco-efficiency, this is at once a revelatory architectural grand tour, and an endlessly witty and engaging piece of social history.

John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain (Old Street, 2013) and Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt (Sceptre, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize.