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Built on Sand German launch @ Curious Fox

  • Curious Fox Flughafenstr. 22 12053 Berlin Germany (map)

Join Influx Press and Paul Scraton at Curious Fox Books, Berlin for the Berlin 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 powerful story of human tragedy and its inheritances.
– Times Literary Supplement

This is a beautifully written book that breathes a kind of mythical life into a forgotten corner of Europe. Read it and be transported by glittering prose.
– Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3's The Verb

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

Deeply immersive and richly braided.
– Julian Hoffman, author of The Small Heart of Things