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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.


“With a psychogeographer’s sensibility and a deep connection to history, Paul Scraton’s Built on Sand offers us a tender, fresh, and moving portrait of Berlin.”
— Saskia Vogel, author of Permission

“Sublime… Scraton has taken the broken memories of a city, refashioning them into a novel that’s skewed and wondrous.”
— Irenosen Okojie, author of Speak Gigantular

‘Humane and ambitious.’
— Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun

“Cities are made of stories, and Paul Scraton’s novel-in-stories is wonderfully made of the city of Berlin.”
— Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse