On Roads on Samuel Johnson longlist
On Roads by Joe Moran – a book chronicling the history of the UK’s motorways – is one of the titles longlisted for the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Bloody hell, I could have written that book. I’ve been stranded on the M1, left behind at a service station on the M5, violently sick on the side of the M69 and spent days in stationary traffic on the M25. I remember the opening of the M40 when the planners suddenly realised they had built the road through a fog trap. Even now, five years after leaving the shores of Britain, I can visualise all the gray buildings on either side of Spaghetti Junction. I like the passage of the M6 through Cumbria and always enjoyed that drive.
Actually, there’s lots of great stuff on this longlist.