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Brutal North


Brutal North: Post-War Modernist Architecture in the North of England
By Simon Phipps

The first photographic exploration of modernist and Brutalist architecture across the North of England.

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 141 × 198mm
  • Pages: 208



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About the Book

During the post-war years the North of England saw the building of some of the most aspirational, enlightened and successful modernist architecture in the world. For the first time, a single photographic book captures those buildings, in all their power and progressive ambition.

Over the last few years acclaimed photographer Simon Phipps has travelled and sought out the publicly commissioned architecture of the post-war North. From Newcastle’s Byker Wall Estate, voted the best neighbourhood in the UK, to the extraordinary Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, from Preston’s sweeping bus station and Liverpool’s Royal Insurance Building, these structures have seen off threats to their survival and are rightly celebrated for the imprint they leave upon the skyline and the cultural life of their cities.

This inspiring invitation to explore northern modernism includes maps and detailed information about all the architecture photographed.

About the Author

Simon Phipps is a photographer and the creator of the New Brutalism collection of photography on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter. He is a graduate in sculpture from The Royal College of Art. He grew up in Milton Keynes where his parents were architects involved in the design of the city. He has forthcoming exhibitions of his photography at the Foundry Gallery and The Architectural Association.


September Publishing

September Publishing is an independent publisher of an award-winning list of illustrated and non-fiction books. Founder, Hannah MacDonald started September Publishing in 2014, following a twenty-year career in publishing at Andre Deutsch, Random House and HarperCollins, as well as writing two of her own novels. She specialises in a creative approach to shaping books with debut authors, brands and personalities, and has published multiple top ten bestsellers across memoir, media, sport, history categories. Starting an independent publisher was a natural extension of a life-long, escapist pleasure in buying, reading and – above all – sharing good books.

September focus on books that will expand readers’ worlds, either feeding passionately held interests or inspiring new journeys in literature and art. From the very beginning the publishing house has a clear mission: to be a fair-share publisher. They are determined to ensure that authors receive a fair share in the sales of their books. September are also unusual in that they prioritise creative collaboration – work with the best creatives and consultants.

The September team have always worked remotely, meaning a consistent team and a business whose profits are funnelled back into the books, not into expensive overheads. Since 2014 they have worked alongside some of the most renowned designers in the UK, developed fine new talent via their intern programme, and built careers and long-term publishing programmes with new literary writers, artists and subject experts.

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