image for Literary Event item typeJohn Grindrod: Outskirts at Coach House at Orleans House Gallery

Literary Event, Sat 4 Nov 2017




The Green belt: a mystery of modern life. It doesn’t appear on maps, it is not signposted and it is hard to know where it lies. It stirs up fiery emotions, people are fiercely protective - and critical of green belts and the issues (housing, farming, transport) they can raise.

Outskirts tells the story of the creation of these mysterious tracts of land: the people who dreamt up the idea, how and when they came into operation and what people get up to in them.

Outskirts is also deeply personal. John Grindrod grew up in the 1970s on the edge of the green belt in Croydon and this book tells the story of his family’s move from the centre of London out to a new estate and their awkward attempts (with a wheelchair-bound mother who’d had so many x-rays her husband claimed she glowed in the dark and a brother who developed agraphobia) to fit in on the ‘outskirts’.

The first book to tell the story of Britain’s green belts, Outskirts is a social history, a stirring evocation of the natural world, and a poignant tale of growing up in a place, and within a family, like no other.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 4 Nov 2017 15:00


£8 / £6.50
Book by visiting or by telephone 020 8831 6494.



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