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His research method was extreme and immersive. He spent four years embedded with a group of London-based explorers — "the scribe of the tribe" — as they enjoyed what he now describes as a "golden age" of UE. The book's style is volatile and its stories are extraordinary.

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It might be imagined as a gonzo road trip rewritten by a committee comprising Margaret Mead, Edward Abbey and Dizzee Rascal. I wouldn't be surprised if film rights have already been optioned. Studding the text are dozens of Garrett's startling photographs. This combination of anecdote, image and exegesis gives the book a distinctive triple-tone that will not be to everyone's taste.

After a dramatic prologue describing his detention by BTP hauled from a plane at Heathrow while up in first class — Gordon Brown fumed at the delay , Garrett examines the emergence of urbex in the lates, and details his own early forays into the scene. He earns the trust of the explorers who will become his key companions — only ever identified by aliases "Gary", "Patch", "Winch", "Marc Explo" , with whom he learns the ropes and ticks off the London classics: Battersea Power Station, Millennium Mills.

Many adventures follow. Rumours are investigated. Tip-offs are pursued. Garrett and a female explorer called "Rouge" hear about a derelict Soviet submarine floating in the Thames near Rochester: a U Black Widow.

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They buy a kid's dinghy and paddle out after dark to the submarine. The dinghy nearly sinks, they're almost swept away by the current, then once aboard Rouge is almost knocked out by the sealing wheel of a falling hatch. When they do get off the sub it's low tide, and they have to mud-wade to safety. One weekend, "Moses" proposes traversing the Forth Road Bridge from north to south: "The plan was mental and everyone loved it. This was, as Garrett puts it, "serious edgework", especially when it begins to rain.

Inexplicably, they all make it across. The team head out across Europe, sleeping in derelict motels, scoping out site after site, getting "sleep-deprived, stinky and buzzing". Garrett hits America, climbing a Chicago skyscraper in a storm and gaining astonishing images of a city "bathed in black cloud and blue light … with lightning strikes crawling down from the clouds into Lake Michigan".

In one jaw-dropping episode in the Mojave desert, he penetrates a "boneyard" of decommissioned aeroplanes, climbing over barbed wire, and then hiding in the landing gear of s and military cargo-carriers while security patrols pass by. The intensity of their activity increased "dusk was another dawn" , and the rats inside them grew: "Our thirst for the adrenaline rush of getting away with things became insatiable.

Consulting "pre-war Tube maps" and "new worker track maps" they confirm 14 stations as "ghosts": "the crown jewel of the system was Aldwych … the most difficult was going to be the British Museum". Stepping on to the tracks instantly raised the stakes.

As will be obvious, urbex is not without its critics. Its brand of subvertionist play can easily resemble Scooby-Doo-ish japery don't get stuck in the vent-shaft, Shaggy! Much depends on the motives you ascribe to UE, but the explorers themselves are mostly poor at self-analysis, preferring to fall back on T-shirt catchphrases: "Live on the edge", or "Do epic shit" an imperative that can be read two ways. Garrett acknowledges the difficulty of generalising a motive for urbex or, as he puts it, "reifying a co-ordinated explorer ethos" , but he personally celebrates it as a form of activism, which "recodes people's normalised relationships to city space", and creates temporary "regions of misrule".

Wherever history is buried, we will uncover it. Wherever architecture is exclusionary, we will liberate it. It's still unclear to me exactly how urbex will roll back privatisation or resist surveillance culture. It may even do the opposite more cameras, more "seccas". Late that night, I met Garrett again at Blackfriars Bridge, at low tide.

Two of his friends joined us: Scott and Alex.

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Our plan was to lift a manhole cover and drop into the Victorian sewer tunnels through which flows the Fleet, one of London's "lost rivers". Garrett wanted to show me the Fleet Chamber, a vast Bazalgettian structure near the outfall into the Thames. We had waders and headtorches ready to go. Garrett was mildly concerned about flow levels in the Fleet, due to the day's rain. Garrett and I had already tried and failed to get under London earlier in the day. I have a positive relationship with Thames Water," Garrett said. But it's not good enough to share the Fleet with their workers.

Garrett knew of its existence but had never been there; Alex had scoped it out once.