Originally published in a limited but beautifully designed edition by the Uppingham gallery owner Mike Goldmark in 1987, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings was picked up and republished by Paladin a year later, introducing Iain Sinclair's work, for the first time, to a mass audience. It went on to become the sole runner-up in the Guardian Fiction Prize. Previously known as a poet, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings was Sinclair's first novel. As the author himself notes in the book's acknowledgements, it may be regarded as closing a trilogy begun with the poetic works, Lud Heat (1975) and Suicide Bridge (1979), while also opening a trilogy of novels concluding with Downriver (1991) and Radon Daughters
Cunningham, David. "White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002; last revised 30 November -1.
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