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 ”DET NYA LONDON – FRONTLINJER” (in English: ”THE NEW LONDON – FRONTLINES”)
Published in Swedish by Carlsson Bokförlag (a renowned Swedish publisher of non-fiction literature based in Stockholm) in April, 2015. ISBN 9789173317016.

The book is a non-fiction account of urban change in contemporary London, where the author reports from the frontlines of a city in rapid transformation. Over a period of four years, the author attends more than one hundred seminars, talks, debates and events where he meets architects, planners, experts, critics, politcians and London personalities who share their insights. Their knowledge guides the author on his own expeditions, mostly on foot, through a city going through changes one observer calls ”unparalleled in history”.
The book deals with the aftermath of widesperead riots, olympic games, ”social cleansing” of inhabitants in brutalist council estates and the tsumani of global capital sweeping over the city, reaching far-flung areas in the outskirts of the city.
The story begins with the observations sociologist Ruth Glass made in the early 60’s, leading her to coin the term gentrification which five decades later is the theme of most London discussions. It moves through the ideologically driven changes of the Thatcher era to the present success of today’s London as the leading global metropolis, manifested by the forest of new and often criticized glass towers changing the face of the city.
London is like an open book for anyone interested in studying urban change. It’s all there, and this is an attempt to catch a city on the move and the people trying to hang on.

A sample of reviews
The most wide-ranging review to date was published in "Respons" (December, 2015), a Swedish magazine covering and reviewing non-fiction literature. In a three-page review, author and critic Gabriella Håkansson calls the book "a London classic in the making". She describes the book as "a multifaceted hybrid of reporting, essays and and historical writing depicting a piece of ongoing contemporary history".
"This, my friends, is quality journalism at the highest level", Håkansson writes.
In Stockholm daily ”Svenska Dagbladet” (3 June, 2015) award winning architecture critic Elisabet Andersson calls Steinvall’s description of London’s urban drama ”compulsory reading for any visitor wanting to learn more about contemporary London”.
In Malmo daily ”Sydsvenskan” (14 July 2015) acclaimed Swedish author Amanda Svensson, based in the UK capital, writes a lengthy review calling Steinvall’s book the most comprehensive description possible of London’s ”unique position, potential and problems”. Svensson points out that the book delivers much more than hard facts and gloomy observations. ”Steinvall has an instinctive feeling for interesting anecdotes and exciting settings and even if ’The New London’ is far from a travel guide, I’m convinced that many travellers to London could use it as a complementary – and highly educative – such guide”, she writes.
Helsinki (Finland) daily ”Hufvudstadsbladet” (17 June 2015) calls it ”an important book”. Reviewer Charlotta Buxton, also based in London, calls the book ”a fascinating insight into the role of the physical city, it’s houses, neighbourhoods and areas, in London’s metamorphosis”.
Well known Swedish writer Andres Lokko, a long-time London resident, reviews the book in the trade paper ”Arbetet” (11 May, 2015) where he says he is ”chapter after chapter, educated by Steinvall’s encounters and, often, growing friendships with both experts and local patriots.”

The author
Anders Steinvall is a veteran Swedish journalist. He spent over 20 years at ”Dagens Nyheter”, the leading national Swedish daily morning paper in Stockholm, in roles ranging from sports editor to foreign correspondent. He covered the downfall of the Soviet Union as the paper’s Moscow correspondent in the early 90’s and won awards as a sports feature writer.

Since 2010 he has been sharing his time between Sweden and London, doing freelance work and focusing on book writing. ”Det nya London” (”The New London”) is his first book. He is presently working on a second, non-fiction book about London.

Anders Steinvall can be reached via e-mail: anders.steinvall@gmail.com

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