Author(s): SANDHU SUKHDEV
London at night, from Shakespeare's time to Dickens to Jack the Ripper, was always seen as a lawless orgy of depravity and pestilence, teeming with rogues and bandits. But is it now as bland and unthreatening as any new town? Sukhdev Sandhu journeys across London to find out whether the London night really has been rendered neutral by street lighting and CCTV cameras. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. He wades through the sewers, hangs out with pirate DJs and accompanies the marine patrol looking for midnight corpses. In a beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated book he seeks to reclaim the mystery and romance of the city - to revitalise the great myth of London for a new century.
Sukhdev Sandhu is the author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined A City and, most recently, I'll Get My Coat, with Usman Saeed. He is chief film critic for the Daily Telegraph and was named Critic of the Year (British Press Awards, 2005). He regularly participates in public and radio debates, and his writing has appeared in a range of publications including the London Review of Books, Modern Painters, Smoke and Times Literary Supplement. Artangel has pioneered a new way of collaborating with artists and engaging audiences in an ambitious series of highly successful commissions since the early 1990s. Artangel has worked with artists including Rachel Whiteread, Francis Alys, Michael Landy, Barbara Kruger, Brian Eno and John Berger. Most recently, Artangel's The Margate Exodus was explored in the Channel 4 documentaries Waste Man and Exodus. www.artangel.org.uk