The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power (Paperback)
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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/04/2021
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With surgical geopolitical astuteness, Mask chronicles the fascinating cultural history of streets, showing how postcodes, avenues and alleyways have always been connected to class, race, wealth and power.

Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021

'Deirdre Mask's book was just up my Strasse, alley, avenue and boulevard. A classic history of nomenclature - loaded, complex and absorbing.' -Simon Garfield, author of Just My Type

Starting with a simple question, 'what do street addresses do?', Deirdre Mask travels the world and back in time to work out how we describe where we live and what that says about us. From the chronological numbers of Tokyo to the naming of Bobby Sands Street in Iran, she explores how our address - or lack of one - expresses our politics, culture and technology.

It affects our health and wealth, and it can even affect the working of our brains. From Ancient Rome to Kolkata today, from cholera epidemics to tax hungry monarchs, Mask discovers the different ways street names are created, celebrated, and in some cases, banned.

Filled with fascinating people and histories, this incisive, entertaining book shows how addresses are about identity, class and race. But most of all they are about power: the power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't, and why.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781259016
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


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'Deirdre Mask's book was just up my Strasse, alley, avenue and boulevard. A classic history of nomenclature - loaded, complex and absorbing.' - Simon Garfield

'Fascinating ... intelligent but thoroughly accessible ... full of surprises' - The Sunday Times 

'Mask's fascinating study is filled with insights into how addresses affect ordinary people around the world.' - The Guardian 

'I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. Thought-provoking and entertaining ... The Address Book is a delight from beginning to end.' - Adrian Tinniswood, The Literary Review 

'Illuminating, impressively researched' - iPaper 

'[The Address Book] has pretty much everything: a fascinating topic, excellent breadth and depth of research, logical compilations of the facts into topic and an enthusiastic and chatty narrator.' - The Scotsman 

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“Thought provoking”

Ticking my boxes of interesting, well researched non fiction about a subject I'd not previously considered but upon reflection is deserving of consideration. And full of good little factoids to annoy people with.... More

Hardback edition
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MrsElsie

“Fascinating look at politics of street names”

What is the significance of the Bobby Sands burger bar in Iran, the many Gropecunt Streets in medieval England and the location app what3words?
This book is about the politics of street names. They tell us the history... More

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“addresses and their effect on our lives”

A fascinating look at a subject I have never really thought about - addresses and their effect on our lives.
I would probably have enjoyed a slightly more British centred view, as I was expecting to read more about... More

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