Concrete Mon Amour

Writer and critic Ian Sansom grew up with concrete.

His father worked for forty years for a firm that made and supplied concrete, cement and gravel throughout LONDON and the South East.

From childhood weekends in the quarry - a bit like an adventure playground, only with more heavy machinery - Sansom moved on to a job as a weighbridge clerk before turning to a more domestic love affair with a concrete mixer and a batch of ready-mix in the back garden.

He explores the noble past and the future promise of this most unromantic of building materials.