Out of print since 1968, this is a unique guidebook from the late, great architectural writer, Ian Nairn. Illustrated with the author’s black and white snaps of the city, Nairn gives his readers an idiosyncratic and unpretentious portrait of the ‘collective masterpiece’ that is Paris.Read more
Nairn’s emergence as a maverick, inspiring figure in mid twentieth century architectural writing (and broadcasting) was sudden, and his claim on the public’s attention all too brief . . . On a good day he could turn phrases like an angel and gave his readers, listeners and viewers insights others could only dream of.
Gillian Darley, A A Files
Mere architectural description could not suffice for that land of joke-oak and real rhododendron; what it demands is an acute sense of place and the gift to render that sense. Nairn possessed both.
Jonathan Meades (on Nairn’s Surrey)