In Nightwalking Matthew Beaumont recounts an alternative history of London-populated by the poor, the mad, the lost, the vagrant and the noctambulant. He shines a light on the shadowy perambulations of poets, novelists and thinkers: Chaucer and Shakespeare; William Blake and his ecstatic peregrinations and the feverish ramblings of opium addict Thomas De Quincey; and, among the lamp-lit literary throng, the supreme nightwalker Charles Dickens. We discover how the nocturnal city has inspired some and served as a balm or narcotic to others.
One of the most brilliant of the younger generation of English critics. Terry Eagleton Nothing less than a grand unifying theory of the counter-enlightenment. Will Self Praise for "Restless Cities" A culturally and historically rich illumination of the city in all its complexity. "Icon" A richly alternative guide to city living. "Metro" A gem of a book, by turns inspiring, shocking and consistently intelligent. "Scotland on Sunday" Bold and admirable. PD Smith, "Guardian" Fresh and piquant observations about aspects of modern living. "Time Out London""
Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at University College London. He is the author of "Utopia Ltd.: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England 1870-1900" (2005), and the co-author, with Terry Eagleton, of "The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue" (2009). He has also edited "Restless Cities" (2010). He lives and walks in London.