Looking for a last-minute gift or indeed something to keep yourself occupied with over the festive period, then Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain by John Grindrod could fit that purpose.
Grindrod grew up in New Addlington on the outskirts of Croydon, a mass of concrete where nonetheless he always felt at home. So he sets off on a journey to explore the other side of Britain's architecture, the concrete flipside of the quaint picture postcard villages. The book covers garden cities, new towns, the Festival of Britain, motorways – and of course, Brutalism. Across its 464 pages, the author visits Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle, Coventry and Milton Keynes.
Buy the book online at Amazon for £16.25 in hardback.