My new novel The Wall In Head is complete and I’ve begun funding for it. Unbound will be publishing it, first as an ebook later this year. If you’d like to become a supporter of the book I’d love to have you onboard. Details of how to do that are here, and so is an extract from the book to whet your appetite https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-wall-in-the-head
My non-fiction book about brutalist architecture, called Concrete Concept – Brutalist Buildings Around The World, is out now via Frances Lincoln Publishers. You can buy it if you like!
Here are some reviews of Concrete Concept:
“a lively journey around the world’s brutalist buildings.” (Frieze.com)
“It’s a fascinating glimpse into an area of architecture where abstraction seems to solidify into cold, hard – and sometimes beautiful – reality.” (Bespoke Living (City AM))
“a surprisingly light-weight book that provides us a visual world-tour of tortured edifices.” (Wallpaper*)
“Brick-like new tome Concrete Concept demonstrates the unexpected serenity of some of the world’s greatest Brutalist buildings … Open the pages up and you’ll be greeted by light, cheerful photographs and an accessible, tongue-and-cheek commentary.” (AnOther magazine)
“Concrete Concept … celebrates so-called brutalist buildings across the world” (John Harris, The Guardian)
A simply must have book for any fan of Brutalist architecture’ (@ThisBrutalLife)
‘a fine slab of brutalism… it’s a belter.’ (@Brutal_Architecture)
“The buildings chosen by Beanland truly evoke their period and each have something to say to us today.” (The Birmingham Press)
“we’d suggest leafing through Christopher Beanland’s Concrete Concept, a dazzlingly shot whistle-stop of the much-maligned style’s greatest hits … the book showcases the confidence, clarity and historical importance of the movement.” (Monocle)
“The text of this book, which profiles 50 brutalist beasts, is witty, lively and informative. The numerous photographs are first class. Concrete Concept gave me new eyes.” (Roger Lewis Saturday Review, The Times)
“A witty, high-adrenalin, concrete-fuelled mega-tour of some of the world’s unfairly maligned ‘monstrosities’. Concrete Concept is a gutsy, bombastic love song.” (Catherine Croft, Twentieth Century Society)
“This tour around some of the world’s great buildings is a treat for any brutalist architecture fan.” (John Grindrod, Author of Concretopia)
“A breathless love letter to a disappearing epoch. This funny, smart and beguiling book will make you want to jump on a plane before it’s too late.” (Elizabeth Hopkirk, Building Design magazine)
“A snappy and surprising read. The expansive selection of buildings and waggish commentary help take apart tired definitions and break open the prematurely closed canon of brutalist architecture.” (Michael Abrahamson, Curator of F*ck Yeah Brutalism)
This is my first novel, called Spinning Out of Control
It’s been picked up by Dandylion Publishing, and you can buy from them as an e book here http://dandylionpublishing.co.uk/books/item/spinning-out-of-control.html
Some lovely people have said some very nice things about my debut novel Spinning Out of Control, calling it: “a fine comic novel… there are even poignant moments of loss;” saying it displays, “a touch of Keith Waterhouse;” and that it’s “insanely funny and painfully real, a perfect pastiche of British media;” and that it’s a “gripping satire.” People have also said that they “found the story (oddly) heartwarming;” and that it’s “a highly entertaining thought-starter;” and that it’s “a brilliant and extremely well-observed look at the world of PR, journalism and music. A thoroughly enjoyable debut.”
Here’s an interview I did with Wall Street International Magazine about the book.
E BOOK EDITION
The e book edition of Spinning Out of Control is also available now via…
I hope you enjoy reading it.
I wrote a part of this, the official book to go with the SOS Brutalism exhibition at the Deutsches Arkitekturmuseum in Frankfurt from 2017-18.