This article appeared on p10 of the Observer Review section of the Observer onSunday 8 February 2009. It was published on guardian.co.uk at 00.01 GMT on Sunday 8 February 2009. It was last modified at 09.46 GMT on Tuesday 3 March 2009.
The interview: Iain Sinclair
The brilliant chronicler of uncharted, often unloved, parts of Britain has stayed close to home for his latest epic – a bittersweet love letter to the London borough of Hackney. He takes Rachel Cooke for a stroll round his patch – no ordinary walk, as the visionary author beautifully evokes the area’s rich history while reflecting on his own memories of the urban landscape