The Hardy Tree, A Story about Gang Mentality

Trolley Books, 2011
A5, 64pp, hardcover

Told through a collection of fictional ephemera The Hardy Tree begins in 1864, with an account of an early act of London gentrification, kickstarted by the force purchase of St. Pancras's cemetery-slum by Great Midland Railways. The text follows fledging poet Thomas Hardy in his employment as architectural assistant, and his overseeing of the Resurrection Men, a group of louts charged with the disinternment and reburial of 10,000 displaced bodies. Then, abandoning London's dead for a more modern tale, the text rejoins events in 2011, with the advent of the Eurostar casting a remarkably similar threat over the end days of squat party culture.

More conceptual art than prose—The Guardian
A dark [...] collage of a novel—TLR
A curious story of the developers who have haunted St. Pancras—Independent
An inventive little book—Londonist
Engaging and grim—Dazed
London, seen through the eyes of an idealist exhumer—Vice
A superbly ghastly take on modernisationTimes blog

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