Interview with Nick Papadimitriou


  • Arup K Chatterjee Jindal Global Law School



London, deep topography, psychogeography, history, walking, perambulation


Nick Papadimitriou is a British author, whose widely acclaimed novel Scarp was published in 2013. He is also the author of Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Barnet, Finchley and Hendon (2009). Papadimitriou designed the Middlesex County Council website in 2007, and in the same year he helped provide material for Will Self’s The Book of Dave. in 2009, John Rogers made a film on Papadimitriou’s life and thought, called The London Perambulator. From 2009 to 2011, along with Rogers, Papadimitriou hosted Ventures and Adventures in Topography, a radio show on Resonance FM. Papadimitriou calls his walks and writing ‘deep topography,’ and is in turn described by his professional colleagues as a ‘deep topographer’, distinguishing his field of research and literature from ongoing trends of psychogeography.

This interview was conducted on a rainy afternoon, in a small café at Golders Green, near Hampstead Heath, in London.

Author Biography

Arup K Chatterjee, Jindal Global Law School

Arup K Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of English at the Jindal Global Law School. At the time of this interview, he was a visiting fellow at the Brunel University, London. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Charles Wallace fellowship to United Kingdom. He received his doctorate from the Center for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for his dissertation titled: ‘Hillmaking: Architecture and Literature from the Doon Valley.’ He is the Founder Chief Editor of Coldnoon: International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures, and author of the widely reviewed The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways (Bloomsbury, 2017). He has contributed numerous articles on history, literature, culture and politics, to magazines such as The Conversation, Scroll, The Hindu, The Wire, DailyO and Huffington Post, The Caravan, as well as Coldnoon.