Down Dalston Lane

Neal Ascherson

  • A Journey through Ruins: The Last Days of London by Patrick Wright
    Radius, 294 pp, £16.99, May 1991, ISBN 0 09 173190 9

In the winter of 1941, so I have been told, there were nights when it was never dark at the fighter airfield at North Weald. You could walk up the shallow ridge at the southern perimeter and see, twenty miles away, the whole horizon as an arch of intolerable red and orange light: London burning.

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