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Alpha City
How London Was Captured by the Super-Rich
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272 pages / May 2021 / 9781788737982
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June 2020 / 9781788738002
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256 pages / July 2020 / 9781788737975

How London was bought and sold by the Super-Rich, and what it means for the rest of us

Who owns London? Today, the city is the epicentre of the world’s financial markets, an elite cultural hub, and a place to hide one’s wealth. In Alpha City, Rowland Atkinson tells the story of eager developers, sovereign wealth, and grasping politicians, all of which paved the way for the plutocratic colonisation of the cityscape. Atkinson moves through the gated communities and the mega-houses of the urban elite, charting how the rich live and their influence on the disturbing rise in evictions and displacements from the city. The book, fully updated, also looks at the capital’s prospects in the aftermath of Brexit and the pandemic, showing how the super-rich may capitalise on the crisis, increasing inequality and hardship.

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Alpha City is the heart-breaking, carefully-told, story of how London—its heart, mind and soul—was stolen from the people by the plutocrats and their minions. When, the book asks, will the greed of the super-rich end up strangling the city, whose body sustains them? Rowland Atkinson has delved deep to uncover the extent of the super-rich’s grip on London. A masterpiece.”

“Turning large swathes of London over to the Super-Rich was meant to generate a sloshing pool of wealth that would ‘trickle down’ to the rest of us. In practice, the detailed, informed and devastating trawl through the global capital of the ruling class in Alpha City proves the only thing that has trickled down is contempt.”

“Opens the lid on a can of dangerous worms. While Britain’s policies to tempt the world’s mobile hot money and its owners have blessed a small section of the population, Atkinson reveals how this has cursed far larger numbers of people, as the super rich have sucked away wealth, talent, investment, culture, government attention, and opportunities from the majority. A welcome and urgently important corrective to the dominant British narrative that the super-rich benefit London and the wider nation.”

“A great book that provides vital insights into a strangely under researched group—the wealthiest people on the planet.”

“In Alpha City, Rowland Atkinson lays bare how London has been geared up as the world’s monument to inequality. It exposes the tactics of gilded elites alongside their legions of enablers and hangers on, and the ways in which they have turned an already tough city into a 21st century dystopia, where the ultra-rich glide through pristine, soulless environments while the infrastructure we all need decays around us. This fast-paced guide to the new gilded age is a timely warning of how much damage inequality can do.”

“Timely and relevant...Alpha City takes us through the ugly world of a mega city captured by wealth. Cities and towns have always struggled with inequality and the social and spatial realities of unequal access to power and resources. In the great global cities, such as London and New York, these inequalities have often been more stark.”

“The inequalities are glaring. It is a revealing but unsettling read, whatever page you land on.”

“An urgent reminder of the capital’s inequalities.”

“[Atkinson] writes with flair. The long-term result of the pressures he charts is starting to be felt.”

“Essential reading before Covid-19, is even more so now … vividly describes how the super-rich have distorted the socioeconomic and physical landscape of London”

“Atkinson writes with beautiful elegance. Almost every page has a sentence I wish I’d written myself! But his fundamental argument is hard-hitting and could not be more relevant for our troubled times. His analysis of London’s ‘alphahoods’ is a reminder, if we need it, of how unequal cities—not just London—have become.”

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