Museum Without Walls by Jonathan Meades

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Museum Without Walls is a compilation of essays, articles and screenplays. It therefore has moments of repetition, and lacks consistency or an overall argument.
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It’s an astonishment, maybe even an outrage, that Jonathan Meades’ writing and thinking about the hundreds of places he’s visited have never been edited into a book before.

A handsome volume (heavy on the handfeel) containing five full scripts of his most important TV films (illustrated with stills) and about forty pieces, including ten longer essays. Very little of this material has been read by a general audience; the scripts, in particular, have never appeared in print before and offer an extraordinary insight into Meades meticulous working methods and his subversive visual style.

Essential for Meades fans, and anyone interested in the way building, landscape and culture collide. Not for Changing Rooms viewers.
 

About Jonathan Meades

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Jonathan Meades is the author of Filthy English, Peter Knows What Dick Likes, The Fowler Family Business, and Pompey. His films for the BBC include Abroad in Britain, Further Abroad, Meades on France and, most recently, The Joy of Essex. He lives in Marseille.
 
Published September 7, 2012 by Unbound. 464 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rowan Moore on Dec 01 2012

Don't expect systematic theory, or an absence of repetition, but do expect love and loathing expressed in prose close to the 400-nanometer end of the colour spectrum.

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Reviewed by Rowan Moore on Sep 22 2012

Museum Without Walls is a compilation of essays, articles and screenplays. It therefore has moments of repetition, and lacks consistency or an overall argument.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Meades on Sep 18 2012

The architectural urge doesn't acknowledge the fact that it'll all turn to dust.

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Reviewed by Andy Beckett on Sep 14 2012

England, specifically southern England, is his favourite love-hate object. A fragment of memoir is untypically lyrical...

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