London’s Overthrow

In one of the most beautiful essays I’ve read, China Mieville, author of one of my all-time favourite books ‘The City & The City’, describes London.

Shove your hands in your pockets and set out. In London in winter it’s nearly pitch at half past four. By six, you’re in the night city, and in backstreets you can be alone for a long time…

To read the full essay, first published in The New York Times Magazine on 4 March 2012, click here.