Will Self has contributed to Matteo Pericoli’s recently launched London Unfurled iPad app, providing commentary on Pericoli’s drawings of south London.
There is also the London Unfurled book featuring a foreword by Will if you prefer paper to iPad.
Here’s the official blurb for the app:
In 2009 Matteo Pericoli (author of the bestselling iconic book Manhattan Unfurled) made an intensive twenty-mile journey along the River Thames, from Hammersmith Bridge to the Millennium Dome and back again. Over two years later, he finished the most astonishing document of his journey: two thirty-seven-foot-long freehand pen-and-ink drawings.
Both drawings, rendered with loving and essay-like detail, are digitally reproduced in this app; together they reveal a distinct profile of London in all its glorious diversity: a dozen boroughs, nineteen bridges and hundreds of buildings, including the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Battersea Power Station and the Millennium Wheel.
London Unfurled for iPad offers a unique way to discover one of the world’s most famous cities. This interactive digital edition allows you to fully explore Matteo Pericoli’s intimate drawings of the north and south banks of the Thames, from Hammersmith Bridge to the Millennium Dome.
With London Unfurled for iPad you can scroll the entire drawing seamlessly, flipping from north to south, jumping from place to place, finding famous landmarks, zooming in on its extraordinary detail and discovering over a hundred points of interest with added facts and amazing background information.
In addition, Matteo Pericoli opens up his experience of creating this inimitable work of art in audio voiceover highlights, giving an exclusive insight into the work behind London Unfurled. And two of London’s most famous cultural figures (Iain Sinclair on the North and Will Self on the South) offer their thoughts on the city’s character.
The London Unfurled iPad app is published by Pan Macmillan. You can find it in the Apple iTunes store here.
The iTunes store also has several of Will’s books available as audiobooks and iBooks – see Will Self on iTunes.