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First edition. Published by John Murray, 1936. The book is in good condition, with some foxing to the dust jacket, as well as an inscription of the former owner but overall this is a readable copy


This is Osbert Lancaster's first book and is a classic on the subject of urban development in the UK - and how not to do it. It is the tragicomic story of the development of a seaside village into a popular tourist resort.

This should be compulsory reading for all students of architecture and urban development, of humour and teaching theory. Pelvis Bay can be read and re-read, giving its reader a chance to laugh out loud and learn something new - and weep that we are still making the same mistakes, 70 years later.

Progress at Pelvis Bay by Osbert Lancaster

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