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From the publisher
This is a book about the joy of city life. The joy that comes from chance encounters, unexpected sights and sounds, glimmers of beauty flashing out from the grey and the rush of the everyday. The mix of people, shoulder to shoulder, sunbathing in parks, having a coffee, jumping on a bus, daydreaming on a bench. From this theatre of life, from this thrum of activity and private spots of solitude, can be drawn inspiration, emotion, memory.
Exploring the delight to be found in everyday interactions and chance observations, Look Here will chart an affecting map of London, navigating ideas of anonymity and identity, freedom and space (and who has access to these things), and community, while reflecting on whether the never-ending carousel of clothing we see on strangers holds some deeper meaning.
Wherever she goes, Ana Kinsella looks around her with a keen eye for small, illuminating details, and a love for variety and emotional connection. Look Here is a gorgeous, layered portrait of a city and its people, a book that urges us to slow down, look closer and find beauty.
‘Look Here is a luminous ode to the multiplicities of London that will make you reconsider the familiar and find new comfort in the unknown. Ana Kinsella is a brilliant cartographer of the urban spirit. Her beautiful writing combines the coolness and precision of Joan Didion with the textural vividness and lust for life found in Durga Chew-Bose’s work. Read this, and be dazzled.’ Sharlene Teo
‘Look Here is a luminous ode to cities and their people. Sharp and precise, yet full of feeling, Ana’s unique, infectious way of seeing the world transforms the most mundane train ride or walk into an act of creativity. This wonderful book is an invigorating reminder that style is not only about fashion or tends, but an essential, timeless form of self-expression for everyone, everywhere.’ Lisa Owens
‘I loved Look Here for for many reasons, in particular, for allowing us into Kinsella’s shifting embodied and emotional experience of the city as a space in which we can deepen our understanding the world and also, ourselves. A nuanced and intimate portrait of a life lived in cities in distinctive and gorgeous prose that kept me eagerly turning pages to see where Kinsella would take me next.’ Rebecca May Johnson