Friday, 26 January 2018

Tottenham's Trojan Horse?

Dave Morris interviewed on BBC Radio London. A panel from Tottenham's Trojan Horse? by Amanda Lillywhite and Mark Panton
The book I worked on with Mark Panton "Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" is based on one of the case studies in his doctoral thesis about stadium-led regeneration.

I helped Mark edit his thesis and during this process we had many conversations about a community in High Road West, Tottenham. Their homes and businesses may be demolished to clear space for a fans' walkway from White Hart Lane train station to the entrance of the new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium. Mark was interested in the community's efforts to join together to have their voices heard and I became interested as well.

Mark and I decided to create a book that would use his research to tell the story of how the fans' walkway proposals came about, show the impact on the people affected by it and what they are doing in response. The best way to do this, we felt, was to use a comic format, base it around dialogue from interviews and make it accessible to a general audience 14-years-old upwards. It took a lot of work but it was something we both felt passionate about.

The book was published on February 8 and so far copies have gone to people in 7 countries. We've had some positive feedback on Twitter:

Have been looking through this book. Really accessible and easy to follow. Tells a very complicated story very clearly. A must read about how regeneration works these days.
Zena Brabazon,  Haringey Councillor. 14 February, 2018 on Twitter @ZenaBrabazon.

This looks really great! @MarkLPanton has turned his PhD thesis on sports-led redevelopment in Tottenham into a graphic novel with @AJLillywhite
Joe Penny, PhD candidate at 
@UCL_BSP and Social Media Editor of @urbgeog. 1
5 February, 2018 on Twitter @Penny_Dropping

My copy of Tottenham's Trojan Horse has arrived. It chronicles the dispute over the regeneration project linked to the new #THFC stadium. It's as good as I hoped. Features Dave Morris, Claire Kober and various other key Haringey figures. Congrats to @AJLillywhite and @MarkLPanton
Andrew Smith, Reader at University of Westminster. 13 February, 2018 on Twitter @AndrewSmithWest

Tottenham's Trojan Horse - this brilliant important little book tells the story of Tottenham regeneration done @haringeycouncil style. Available from in Wood Green or online from @2billiongamble @MarkLPanton @AJLillywhite #HDV
Bob Hare, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Highgate. Twitter @Bob_Hare

We are in the process of arranging some events related to the book, details to come soon.

If you have any questions about Mark Panton's research or about the book please contact us.


Mark Panton wrote about the creation of the book and why he chose a comics format to develop his doctoral thesis on The Graphic Social Science Network blog.

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" is now available in these bookshops:

Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG

Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DR

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX London UK

The book can be bought online at:

Big Cartel 

Big Green Bookshop

We are choosing not to sell through Amazon. This post will be updated with new stockists as information comes through.

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" was made possible with funding from Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of London (UK). It was printed by Comic Printing UK.