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Ghost Milk Book Review

By Angela Youngman Sep 17, 2012, 21:46 GMT

Ghost Milk  Book Review

From "an astonishingly original and entertaining writer? (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post) and "our greatest guide to London? (The Spectator), an extraordinary book about a disappearing cityThe Olympics, the story goes, have transformed London into a gleaming, wholly modern city. And East London-Olympic headquarters-is the city\'s new jewel, provider of unlimited opportunities and better tomorrows. The grime and poverty have been scrubbed away, and huge stadiums and grand public sculptures ...more

A reflective and somewhat uneasy read looking at the sociological implications of the Olympics from the viewpoint of a Londoner. At times there is even black comedy present.  He talks of his background in East London and his involvement in dockyard scams, pilfering and destroying goods. 

Much of the book focuses on the Olympics and the effect on the local economy and population.  Ashe points out, the whole development has not been particularly popular with local people.  Fences are sprayed with comments like 'a pox on the Olympics', and he refers to the 'frenzy of indifference awaiting the Olympic torch'. 

He also alleges that the Olympics have set off a deluge of cyber-crime, with tickets that are not tickets, and how he discovered his bank account was being used for hiding drug related money - then told it happens all the time.

Interesting, different but at times a bit confusing as you try and follow the varying threads.

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