Reviews

  • "The best introduction to this most exciting and visceral period of British architecture – a learned and passionate book."

    Simon Bradley, author of The Railways
  • "Part history, part aesthetic autobiography, wholly engaging and liable to convince those procrastinators sitting (uncomfortably) on the concrete fence."

    Jonathan Meades
  • "A compelling and evocative read, one that is meticulously researched, and filled with insight and passion. Through Barnabas Calder’s personal narrative we gain a deep understanding and appreciation of a tough subject."

    Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts
  • "A fascinating odyssey through Britain's Brutalist landscape. The journey is sometimes breathtaking, but always insightful and informed. By its end, we understand the complexity, skill, and vision, as well as the politics, that created the buildings he explores in such loving detail."

    Elizabeth Darling, author of Re-Forming Britain
  • "Barnabas Calder is a self-outed lover of concrete, a man who doesn’t visit buildings but makes “pilgrimages”. He holds back on neither his praise for the objects of his passion, nor his wrath against those who threaten them. Buy this excellent book, read it and go out and hug your nearest lofty edifice in concrete and glass!"

    Neil Baxter, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland