Swimming to Heaven

The Lost Rivers of London

by Iain Sinclair


‘No one has ever written quite like Iain Sinclair. He will, without doubt,
prove the indelible diarist of our age — our post-punk Pepys’
- Observer

‘Sinclair’s prose is vertiginous and polychromatic…a master of the
literary collage’ - Peter Ackroyd, The Times

Format: limited edition hardback
Pages: 72
Publisher: The Swedenborg Society
Dimensions: 205x130mm
Language: English
Text: Iain Sinclair
Series editor/designer: Stephen McNeilly
Place of publication: London, UK.
Date of publication: 2013
Series: Swedenborg Archive (volume II)

Swimming to Heaven: The Lost Rivers of London



SWIMMING TO HEAVEN is the second in a series of pocketbooks making available material from the SWEDENBORG ARCHIVE. Iain Sinclair follows in the path of the 'lost' rivers of London and examines their influence on the visionary literature of the capital.

IAIN SINCLAIR has lived in and written about London since 1969. A renowned essayist and writer of fiction, Iain’s early work consisted mostly of poetry which he published on his own small press, Albion Village Press. His novels include Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Prize and the Encore Prize), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and Dining on Stones (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital, Hackney: My Rose Red Empire, Ghostmilk: Calling Time on the Grand Project and most recently Blake's London: The Topographic Sublime.

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also in the series

BLAKE'S LONDON: THE TOPOGRAPHIC SUBLIME by Iain Sinclair (Swedenborg Archive, vol. I, 2011)

In this small and specially-designed volume, Iain Sinclair takes the reader on a discursive journey through William Blake's London showing how, in Blake’s vast and rich poetry, language and imagination conjoin to delineate a profound engagement with place.

This prismatic vision of London through Blake’s inspiration is dazzling. - (Iain Finlayson, The Times)

Further information.

Blake's London: The Topographic Sublime