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Pompey



At first glance, Jonathan Meades’s 1993 masterpiece is a post-war family saga set in and around the city of Portsmouth.

This doesn’t come close to communicating the scabrous magnificence of Meades’s creation. Pompey is an obscene, suppurating vision of an England in terminal decline. The story begins with Guy Vallender, a fireworks manufacturer from Portsmouth, who has four children by different four different women.

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