New London Book: Soul City Wandering

Soul City Wandering – A London Pilgrimage

Autumn 2020 sees the release of Frank Molloy‘s Soul City Wandering. This new book encourages readers to rediscover their urban surroundings.

For city dwellers, the modern metropolis can be so complex, crowded and consuming, that it’s easy to feel disoriented, disenchanted and disconnected, especially with the recent restrictions of lockdown.

The aim of Soul City Wandering is to inspire travellers to engage as individuals with their journeys. It advocates personal interaction with time, place, motion & emotion, and in so doing, helps one to take back control of one’s environment.

The model is London, and the book fuses history, music and poetry to invite readers to reinterpret the capital, its streets, its structures, and its soul. The main ‘pilgrimage’ is an easily-navigable route combining walking and public transport. It links 12 highly-evocative places and uses lyrical expression to amplify a sensory perception of the city.

Frank Molloy interview & readings from the book Soul City Wanderer recorded at the recent Psychogeography World Congress virtual pub!

This book is not about ‘hidden London’. Most of the location points are well-known. They have been selected because they have a strong ‘synergy’. That is, spaces where the interaction of multiple agents or events combine to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual significance.

As such, Soul City Wandering is a gateway into the world of ‘psychogeography’, a comparatively modern label for the act of experiencing one’s surroundings on a sensory level.

British Museum

Two further models of this concept are included. Both are London-themed but a little more compact: Romancing the British Museum is an exploration of that institution’s influence on poetry, and as such is a series of encounters within an enclosed space.

Meanwhile, Ghosts of Swinging London is a jaunt around Soho, focusing on its impact on rock ‘n’ roll, and therefore, offers an experience that can more readily be enjoyed as part of a group.

Finally, hints and tips have been added to help readers create their own experiences.


Soul City Wandering is published by Choir Press priced at £9.99. It is available to order from the following online bookstores:

For further information please contact frank_k_molloy@hotmail.com

Published by Soul City Wanderer

Soul City Wanderer is the alias of London journalist and author Frank Molloy, a writer on the city’s history and culture. Born south of the river, he has an MA in London history (Birkbeck) and lectures at various institutions including the Museum of London and the National Portrait Gallery. He is also a fully-qualified Blue Badge Guide (MITG), Westminster Guide and City of London Guide.

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