Landor's Tower by Iain Sinclair

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A writer, who has lived for years in London, reluctantly acknowledges his growing obsession with the Ewyas Valley on the border of England and Wales. Commissioned to write about Walter Savage Landor's disastrous attempt to set up a senatorial estate around Llanthony Abbey, he is sidetracked by more recent conspiracies: a bizarre series of twenty-seven suicides in the secret defence industries and unreliable witnesses who claim to have uncovered the truth about the Thorpe case. A burnt-out media burn called Kaporal, employed to research these events, sends the narrator taped reports from his journeys up and down the M4, tapes that come to seem like messages thrown over the side by a lost and fraudulent round-the-world sailor - are they evidence, or deranged fictions, contrived to keep Kaporal on the payroll? The valley is revealed as the site of persistent attempts to found or imagine utopian communities, all fascinated by the mythology of the west. The narrator is accused of one of the murders that Kaporal is researching. Incarcerated in an asylum on the River Usk, long-suppressed memories of his childhood in Wales return to haunt him. This is lain Sinclair's first novel for eight years, and his first book to be set outside London.
 

About Iain Sinclair

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Iain Sinclair is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose books include the award-winning "Downriver" (1991), "Slow Chocolate Autopsy" and the celebrated "Lights Out for the Territory" (both 1997).
 
Published September 9, 2001 by Granta Books. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Iain Sinclair is an explorer of invisible cities.

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The Guardian

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Within this tonal framework - all of Sinclair's books give off the feeling of having been cast in the back room of an antiquarian bookshop, his prose, at its best, blowing the dust from forgotten treasures - characters come and go.

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The Guardian

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Landor's Tower Iain Sinclair 345pp, Granta, £15.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Iain Sinclair writes ghost stories, of a sort: whatever his subject, there is always a low, persistent note of something mourned, spectral, lost.

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Publishers Weekly

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(Sept.)Forecast:It remains to be seen whether Sinclair's fiction will hit the same nerve as his nonfiction, but Sinclair's U.S. profile will undoubtedly rise upon publication of Landor's Tower.

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