Car Park Life: A Portrait of Britain’s Unexplored Urban Wilderness

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Car Park Life: A Portrait of Britain’s Unexplored Urban Wilderness Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Influx Press Pages: 256 Language: English ISBN: 9781910312353 Categories: ,

Car parks: commonplace urban landscapes, little-explored and rarely featured in art and music, yet they shape the aesthetics of our towns and cities. Hotspots for crime, rage and sexual deviancy; a blind spot in which activities go unnoticed. Skateboarding, car stunts, drug dealing, dogging, murder. Gareth E. Rees believes that the retail car park has as much mystery, magic and terror as any mountain, meadow or wood. He’s out to prove it by walking the car parks of Britain, journeying across the country from Plymouth to Edinburgh, much to the horror of his family, friends – and, most of all – himself. He finds Sir Francis Drake outside B&Q, standing stones in a retail park, and a dead body beside Sainsbury’s. In this darkly satirical work of non-fiction, Gareth E. Rees presents a troubling vision of Brexit Britain through a common space we know far less about than we think.

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Author Biography

Gareth E. Rees is founder of the website UnofficialBritain.com, author of The Stone Tide (Influx Press, 2018) and Marshland (Influx Press, 2013). He has written weird fiction and horror for This Dreaming Isle, The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2, Unthology 10 and The Lonely Crowd. His essays about place have appeared in Mount London, An Unreliable Guide to London and The Ashgate Companion to Paranormal Cultures.