Taking as his starting point J. B. Priestly’s English Journey, Hatherley travels across the UK, from Glasgow to Greenwich,Sheffield toSouthampton, and assesses the state of English architecture since World War Two. Learned, personal and idiosyncratic, Hatherley is an exciting new voice in architectural criticism, attacking government ‘regeneration’ policy both pre-and-post crisis, while singing the praises of more utopian, socially-concerned modernist structures.

Verso Books/paperback/£9.99/9781844677009

Dan Eltringham