BiographyMy mother died on Monday January 30, 2012. When I reached out to shut her sightless eyes the time was exactly 11:55 am. Of this I can be sure thanks to the large clock that I could see through the hospital window. This timepiece had been my constant companion during the three days I had spent at my mother's bedside. And, five minutes after her final breath, it tolled twelve times. The bell that provided this public pronouncement of a private tragedy is a familiar landmark on the skyline of London and is known the world over as "Big Ben". This experience and the metaphorical shadow cast by the Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament serve as the inspiration for my study into remembering and forgetting: "London and the Politics of Memory: In the Shadow of Big Ben", published by Routledge on July 5, 2019.
Published: Oct 12, 2013 by Landscape Research
Authors: Stuart Burch
'It has taken me a long time to review this book... because my reading was interrupted by the death of my mother. She passed away at St Thomas' Hospital, which is situated directly opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London. During the days spent at her bedside I would look out of the window and gaze mournfully across the River Thames at the clock face of "Big Ben". This timepiece functioned like a huge stopwatch, counting down the hours of my mother's life.