Craig Taylor

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448

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13 × 20 cm

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9781847083296

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Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now — As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

Here are the voices of London—rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men—witnessed by Craig Taylor, an acclaimed journalist, playwright and writer, who spent five years exploring the city and listening to its residents. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace—together, these voices and many more, paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of Twenty-First Century London.

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“The best book about London in at least a decade”

Londonist

“This is a book to deepen your relationship with London and make you fall in — or out — of love with it all over again … I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.”

Evening Standard

“Abuzz with the life and spirit of the capital city right now ... we salute this brilliant book”

Dazed and Confused

“Memorable, funny and occasionally melancholy ... a rich, satisfying tapestry of metropolitan life”

The Times

“An epic portrait in eighty voices that shows the city to be just as … well … Dickensian as it has ever been”

The Guardian

“[A] splendid oral history of the city ... On occasions Londoners attains a level of eloquence as beautiful and blue as anything to be found in the works of Jean Rhys or Samuel Selvon ... A remarkable volume.”

—Sukhdev Sandhu, Guardian

“Craig Taylor tunes in to the multi-tongued, self-justifying noise of the streets. And he leaves us with a substantial account, not just of our imaginary riverside capital, but, more vividly, of himself: as inquirer, investigator, part of a long and valuable lineage … Here is a monument pieced together from a mass of broken shards. A work made from work, from movement.”

—Iain Sinclair, Observer

“A reader does not have to be a Londoner to enjoy the book, but only someone who is fascinated by people … This book must be read from end to end, and I would bet that anyone who does that will, like me, wish it was longer. To those two famous masters of oral history, Studs Terkel and Ronald Blythe, we must now add the name of Craig Taylor.”

—Diana Athill, Literary Review

“A rich and exuberant kaleidoscopic portrait of a great, messy, noisy, daunting, inspiring, maddening, enthralling, constantly shifting Rorschach test of a place … though countless excellent books have been written on the city, this is the one that best captures what it’s like to live in London right now, through the words of the people themselves — just as Studs Terkel did for Chicago in his oral histories years ago … Londoners is a master class in self-effacing journalism. In an age of celebrity interviewers and bombastic, self-loving television hosts, Taylor is the rare specimen who appears genuinely to believe that other people’s words are more interesting than his own.”

—Sarah Lyall, New York Times