Edge of the Orison

by Iain Sinclair

In the Traces of John Clare's ‘Journey out of Essex’.

Edge of the Orison

As with his London Orbital, I found Iain Sinclair's Edge of the Orison hard-going at times, but, if you let the words in the more difficult passages simply wash over you, it's an equally enjoyable read.

In this book, Sinclair is accompanied at different times by assorted friends and his wife on various, mainly walking, trips to investigate the flight on foot of nineteenth-century rural poet John Clare from a lunatic asylum is Epping Forest back to his home town in Northamptonshire. As is usually the case with Sinclair, however, there are plenty of diversions on the way. In this book, the diversions often involve exploring his wife's family history.

An enjoyable read

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Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.