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According to Peter Ackroyd, the highly successful author of Hawksmoor and other historic novels and biographies set in London, the new loft developments of Clerkenwell do not work and will probably prove to be a mistake: so beware, investors. Speaking at the Metropolitan Bookshop, as part of the Clerkenwell Literary Festival last week, he suggested that 'the spirit of the area is not conducive' to residential development - unlike Islington, 'which has a history of hospitality'.

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