Merlin Coverley's new book 'South' (Oldcastle Books)

Thanks to London author, Merlin Coverley for sending me a copy of his new book, South that offers an expansive survey at all things southern, or to be more accurate describes how the South has been perceived over the centuries; as the notes state 'from the beaches of Tahiti to the streets of Buenos Aires, from Naples to New Orleans ...' (and also makes use of my essay on Borges).   

Coverley is an interesting writer, who has, among his previously published works (on London, the occult and utopias ...) written on the Situationists' notion of psychogeography. (Coverley's book on the subject was published in 2006). Guy Debord defined the idea in 1955 as 'the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.' 

While this book is literary in tone, slicing together secondary sources/texts and readings, a spirit of discovery - of wayward wandering - can be felt within it that reflects the author's key interests and may also be why my favourite part was the most personal, when Coverley maps out south London, his home of many years.

Once again, I'd like to thank Coverley for sharing his work with me. It was a nice lift to see my name in the index, beside 'Byron, Lord ...' (even if my resident 10 year-old cynic reminded me that 'not many people read the index, mum'; can't argue with that, I guess).