An Intimate History

Lynsey Hanley

Published: 4 May 2017
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781783783823

About the author

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Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and now lives in London. She regularly writes for the Observer, Telegraph, New Statesman and many others. Estates: An Intimate History is her first book. More about the author


‘[A] celebrated slice of myth-busting’



Estates, a journey through the world of British social housing, is both a history and a personal reckoning’

‘A rich, thought-provoking book’

‘A wonderful book ... explains with verve and insight how one's mental landscape is moulded by physical environment ... Simple lessons for planners, architects and developers leap off the pages’

‘Hanley's Estates is many things - social history, memoir, mild polemic ... she catalogues her experience in a manner that is honest, informed and never whimsical. A well-timed and truthful book’

‘Lynsey Hanley's vivid, powerful book is about a dream gone sour. Her descriptions of hopelessness, drunkenness and yobbery in Tower Hamlets cry out to be engraved by a new Hogarth’

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