Friday, 26 January 2018

Tottenham's Trojan Horse?

Dave Morris interviewed on BBC Radio London. A panel from Tottenham's Trojan Horse? by Amanda Lillywhite and Mark Panton
The book I worked on with Mark Panton "Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" is based on one of the case studies in his doctoral thesis about stadium-led regeneration.

I helped Mark edit his thesis and during this process we had many conversations about a community in High Road West, Tottenham. Their homes and businesses may be demolished to clear space for a fans' walkway from White Hart Lane train station to the entrance of the new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium. Mark was interested in the community's efforts to join together to have their voices heard and I became interested as well.

Mark and I decided to create a book that would use his research to tell the story of how the fans' walkway proposals came about, show the impact on the people affected by it and what they are doing in response. The best way to do this, we felt, was to use a comic format, base it around dialogue from interviews and make it accessible to a general audience 14-years-old upwards. It took a lot of work but it was something we both felt passionate about.

The book was published on February 8 and so far copies have gone to people in 8 countries. We've had some positive feedback:

You two have come up with an innovative way to turn research for a dissertation which is often read by a few into a book that will reach many.
The issues the book has raised, of course, are not limited in this case or North London. Mega structures like sports stadiums and mega events like the Olympic Games and World Expo all have complicated impact on urban life. Grass roots movements, citizen participation in the decision-making process and resistance (think the right to the city), all very important indeed.

Qin Shao, author of ‘Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity
Professor, History Department, The College of New Jersey, USA. 21 February 2018 by email.

Have been looking through this book. Really accessible and easy to follow. Tells a very complicated story very clearly. A must read about how regeneration works these days.
Zena Brabazon,  Haringey Councillor. 14 February, 2018 on Twitter @ZenaBrabazon.

This looks really great! @MarkLPanton has turned his PhD thesis on sports-led redevelopment in Tottenham into a graphic novel with @AJLillywhite
Joe Penny, PhD candidate at 
@UCL_BSP and Social Media Editor of @urbgeog. 1
5 February, 2018 on Twitter @Penny_Dropping

My copy of Tottenham's Trojan Horse has arrived. It chronicles the dispute over the regeneration project linked to the new #THFC stadium. It's as good as I hoped. Features Dave Morris, Claire Kober and various other key Haringey figures. Congrats to @AJLillywhite and @MarkLPanton
Andrew Smith, Reader at University of Westminster. 13 February, 2018 on Twitter @AndrewSmithWest

Tottenham's Trojan Horse - this brilliant important little book tells the story of Tottenham regeneration done @haringeycouncil style. Available from in Wood Green or online from @2billiongamble @MarkLPanton @AJLillywhite #HDV
Bob Hare, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Highgate. Twitter @Bob_Hare

Reviews, Articles and Interviews:

Further information about some of the research on which 'Tottenham's Trojan Horse?' is based is available on this link:

Mark Panton wrote about the creation of the book and why he chose a comics format to develop his doctoral thesis on The Graphic Social Science Network blog.

An article on page 6 of the April 2018 edition of Radical News.

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse? - Mark Panton and Amanda Lillywhite Provide Dire Warnings About Gentrification in the Name of Football" by Tom Baker on Broken Frontier.

Mark Panton interviewed by Discovering Tottenham.


Mark Panton received a PhD/ Early Career Public Engagement Award 2018 from Birkbeck College, University of London, for "Tottenham's Trojan Horse?".


A book launch was held at Housmans Bookshop on April 4 2018 read about it here.

We will have a table at the London Radical Bookfair on June 2 2018

We are organizing an event "Celebrating North Tottenham" at Coombes Croft Library (opposite the new Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium) on Saturday, June 30, 2018 12-4pm. Click here for details.

Where/how to buy:

The book is available in these shops:


Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT (in Graphic Novels and in Politics)

Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DR

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX London UK

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA (on the table in the Small Press Room)


Left Bank Books Collective, 92 Pike Street, Seattle, WA, USA 98101

The book can be bought online at:

Big Cartel

Big Green Bookshop

Read the book for free:

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" is available to read or borrow at:

Coombes Croft Library (opposite the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium), Tottenham High Road, London N17 8AG

Birkbeck Library, University of London

Contact the authors:

Email Amanda Lillywhite - amanda(AT) substituting @ for (AT)

Amanda Lillywhite on Twitter.

Mark Panton on Twitter.

"Tottenham's Trojan Horse?" was made possible with funding from Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics, University of London (UK). It was printed by Comic Printing UK.

This post is updated as new information comes in.


  1. Congratulations to you and Mark, Amanda. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

    1. Thanks Candy! It will be sold at Housmans Bookshop in Caledonian Road, there will also be an event there in April - Mark and one of the people interviewed for the book will be giving a talk. There will be some kind of event in Tottenham as well. Plus we are hoping to get a table at the Radical Book Fair. When the book is in print I'll try to get it on Hive (we want to try to discourage Amazon sales). I'll be posting details when things are confirmed but the books should be out and about in a few weeks.