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Iain Sinclair’s new book shows the depth of his London learning—even as the city slips beyond his understanding

If this really is the last of Sinclair’s London, as the title suggests, then he’ll leave you wanting more

By Peter Robins  

The Last London: True Fictions From an Unreal City

by Iain Sinclair (Oneworld, £18.99)

Iain Sinclair’s walks in and around London have been famous for at least 20 years now—they became his avowed subject in his 1997 book Lights Out for the Territory, having underpinned another two decades or so of poetry and fiction before that.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that many of his walking companions on the essayistic excursions of The Last London seem distinctly aware that they’re in an Iain Sinclair book. One is writing an account…

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