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The Hardy Tree (Trolley Books) 2011           ISBN 978-1-907112-29-4
Hard cover, 64pp, colour, 148 x 210 mm / 8.3 x 5.9 in              

"More conceptual art than prose."
Stuart Kelly, The Guardian
"A dark [..] collage of a novel."
Jena Salon, TLR

"About St Pancras cemetry and the [..] developers who have haunted it."
Jonathon Gibbs, The Independent
"A cracking, crackling totentanz."
Heathcote Williams
, by post
"Puts the psycho back into psychogeography."
Stewart Home, by email
"One of London's most potent secrets."
Iain Sinclair, by post
"An inventive little book."
Matt Brown, The Londonist
"Engaging and grim."
Stuart Hammond, Dazed
"London [..] seen through the eyes of an idealist exhumer."
Staff, Vice


"A superbly ghastly take on modernisation..."
Times
(blog)
£20 + P&P  

 
 
1864: St. Pancras is a sprawling cemetery-slum, housing London's teeming dead, dying and decrepit in their thousands. 
With the advent of the Great Midland railway line running from Manchester to London's newest station, 10,000 bodies must
be disinterred and, by order of the church, reburied on consecrated soil.
Charged with the exhumation are The Resurrection Men, a gang of thugs for whom the dead are no more sacred than the ground 
they break, and at their head, the young Thomas Hardy - architectural apprentice and callow idealist. We follow the fledgling
writer as he struggles to reconcile the job at hand, the brute reality of the rotting dead, the rapid onset of modernity and
his own wavering belief.
As the corpses mount in rising piles, Hardy endeavors to retain these lost identities – cataloguing and collecting stories and 
ephemera from the opened graves. But as the bodies moulder and disintegrate, so too Hardy's sense of self.
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2011: As the Eurostar approaches its terminus, an oddly similar drama plays out: King's Cross is the designated zone for the 
dogs and the dogged; where greedy greengrocers watch their produce grow to waste, and London's wasters gurn on forever and ever,
amen.
 
 
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