Paul Graham: Some Food for Thought #2

Food for Thought #1 looked broadly at Graham and his extensive archive with some videos, interviews and reviews. This second version is more focused on the ‘A1: The Great North Road’ publication in particular.

Firstly, while it is no substitute for the real thing, you can see a selection of images from this book on the Paul Graham Archive website. Seeing as this book is upward of £350 I will be uploading a video of the book shortly (I have it on loan from the local Uni Library and as a warning, let’s just say it has been ‘well loved’).

You might also want to check out a few of the links below:

Simon Roberts references the book when he heads back down the A1 after his ‘We English’ project in 2008.
“The photographs are a mournful document of a grey nowhere land in a country moving too fast to stop for a cup of tea”

David Chandler wrote a nice little piece on the book found at the bottom of this page on ‘Self Publish be Happy’.
“And it represents what Paul acknowledges as the spirit of new wave, the punk ethos that enabled young people to create things for themselves, on their own terms…”


On the road itself there is a site dedicated to all things ‘A1’ run by Biff Vernon here. It’s quite niche and a little geeky – but I like that.

There are also a few quotes regarding the road on this page by Oliver Merrington.
“Now let me make a statement, in plain truth, of this road – betwixt Biggleswade and Buckden. As a road of fine gravel it is unequalled” (John Byng 1974)

Plenty more comment and inspiration coming, if you want to add your thoughts on the book, or any of the links and thoughts shared, do so in the comments section or via email (

And if you haven’t seen the book yet…

– Matt


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