Ken Worpole is the author of a number of books on literature, landscape and architecture, and is a Senior Professor in The Cities Institute at London Metropolitan University. He was one of the organisers of the seminal exhibition 20,000 Streets Under The Sky: The London Novel 1896-1985, put on at the Royal Festival Hall in 1986, and has written and published much about London fiction, including Dockers And Detectives (1984, reprinted by Five Leaves Press 2008) and a number of essays in journals and anthologies.
His long introduction to the re-issue of Alexander Baron's novel King Dido (Five Leaves Press 2010) contains the most considered appreciation of Baron’s life and work to date. Other books include Here Comes The Sun: Architecture And Public Space In 20th Century European Culture (2001) and Last Landscapes: The Architecture Of The Cemetery In The West (2003).
The Independent newspaper noted that: ‘For many years, Ken Worpole has been one of the shrewdest and sharpest observers of the English social landscape.’ More information is available on his website – www.worpole.net