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Launch: Built on Sand by Paul Scraton

16 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Influx Press and Paul Scraton as they return to Burley Fisher Books for the UK launch of Paul’s debut novel, BUILT ON SAND, following in the footsteps of the acclaimed GHOSTS ON THE SHORE. Paul will be reading from the novel and doing a short Q&A with editor Gary Budden, followed by a book signing.



Berlin: long-celebrated as a city of artists and outcasts, but also a city of teachers and construction workers, of tourists and refugees, and the memories of those exiled and expelled. A city named after marshland – if you dig a hole, you’ll soon hit sand. A place still bearing the scars of National Socialism and the divided city that emerged from the wreckage of war.

BUILT ON SAND centres on the personal geographies of place, and how memory and history live on in the individual and collective imagination. This novel offers a portrait of a city three decades on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the legacy of that history in a city that was once divided but remains fractured and fragmented.


A story built from fragments, together forming a stereoscopic vision of Berlin and the lives lived in its sunken streets, masterful in its attention to topographic history.
– Jessica J. Lee, author of Turning: Lessons from Swimming Berlin’s Lakes

A haunted and haunting novel about the way the past is sometimes more real than the present… Paul Scraton writes with an incredible sense of how place defines who we are.
– Owen Booth, author of What We’re Teaching Our Sons

Scraton, whose relationship with Berlin is almost familial, has charted the city’s changing identity and does not look away from its brutal history. Built on Sand is an intoxicating celebration of a place he has known and loved for a long time.
– Linda Mannheim, author of Above Sugar Hill


A powerful story of human tragedy and its inheritances.
– Times Literary Supplement

One of the best books I’ve read this year. Paul Scraton should be encouraged to go on more long walks.
– Hidden Europe


16 April
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm