A London bookshelf, part 20

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New Sights of London by Hugh Casson, is a London Transport sixpenny paperback, published in 1938, featuring some 700 examples of modern architecture, all within reach of the LT network. So as well as the Denham film studios, above, there are buildings as perky as a Berlei bra in Slough, and as fair faced as Fairacres in Roehampton.

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Casson is as opinionated as Pevsner or Nairn here, with trenchant opinions about prevailing architectural trends. He also contributes some appealing line drawings of many of the featured buildings.

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“Everybody is interested in modern architecture”, says the jacket blurb optimistically, “but does everybody know where it can be seen?” Sixpence would provide the answers in 1938, about £15 for a secondhand copy now.