Friday, April 27, 2018

Ten top books about public housing

John Boughton is the author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. At the Guardian, he tagged a (UK-centric) top ten list of books about public housing, including:
NW by Zadie Smith

Smith grew up on a Willesden council estate, and NW depicts the lives of four others, now in their thirties, shaped – in very different ways – by their formative years on the fictional Caldwell estate: “five blocks connected by walkways and bridges and staircases, and lifts that were to be avoided almost as soon as they were built”. With its broad range of characters and forms, NW captures something important and authentic about the divergent realities of working-class life in London. It’s the only work of fiction I feel able to recommend here.
Read about another book on the list.

NW is among Lisa Halliday's top ten novels that track unconnected but related stories and Jessica Winter's six favorite books on girl power.

--Marshal Zeringue