Metroburbia: a stunning new book about Greater London's suburbs

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Suburbia – particularly London’s suburbia – has often been a byword for everything dull. But author and professor Paul L. Knox disagrees, and has a written fantastic new book to show why.
 
In Metroburbia: The Anatomy of Greater London, Knox takes us on a journey around the outlying areas of the capital, telling the story of how they grew from isolated rural settlements to vital arms of the urban mass.
 
He describes the growth of Victorian and Edwardian suburbs, the art deco megastructures of the 1920s and how the expansion of the Underground facilitated it all. 
 
As you’d expect, the book is full of beautiful pictures, with stunning shots of modernist blocks and the sort of arts-and-crafts housing that typified the early 20th century idyll. 
 
If you’re a fan of John Betjeman’s classic Metro-Land documentary, this is the book for you. 
 
Metroburbia: The Anatomy of Greater London is published by Merrell, price £35. merrellpublishers.com
 
All photos copyright Paul L. Knox







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