Leaving the city in order to find it
The Panke River flows into Berlin from Bernau, a small town northeast of the city. The Idea of a River follows its course backwards, from the lively north Berlin district of Wedding, through a kaleidoscopic suburban terrain populated by downtrodden office workers, would-be kings and apparitional hospital patients, awash with history and always in the shadow of the metropolis. Scraton turns his back on the city and finds the world at its doorstep, writing a walking meditation on peripheral spaces which flows ceaselessly back to the centre.
The epub is included with the purchase of the paperback.
was born just outside Liverpool, and moved to Berlin in 2001. He is the founder and editor of the Under a Grey Sky website, devoted to ‘adventures beyond the front door’ and has spent the past couple of years exploring the Berlin Wall Trail for his project Traces of a Border. He has written for The Guardian, Hidden Europe, Slow Travel Berlin and Caught by the River, runs neighbourhood walking tours in Berlin, and is the editor in chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, a quarterly print publication launched in 2015.