'A splendid oral history of the city ... A remarkable volume' --Guardian 'Taylor tunes in to the multi-tongued, self-justifying noise of the streets. And he leaves us with a substantial account' --Iain Sinclair, Observer 'A remarkable new book that celebrates the city's endless diversity' --Time Out ***** 'It's the thoughtfulness of Taylor's character studies that make this impressive book' --Metro **** 'A compelling oral history that reveals the capital through the voices of 80 or so ordinary Londoners' --Independent 'The most humane attempt in some time to capture London's big dirty heart ... a great book' --Word Magazine 'A definitive picture of London as true and important as any fact-filled history of our capital' --Stylist 'Masterful... The best book about London in at least a decade' --Londonist.com 'Electrifying ... The eloquence of the voices in this book is remarkable' --Oona King, The Times 'I almost learned more about Londoners from this book than from being a Londoner for more than four decades' --Oona King, The Times 'A rich and satisfying tapestry of city life' --Sunday Times 'Abuzz with the life and spirit of the capital city right now ... we salute this brilliant book' --Dazed & Confused 'A haunting snapshot of contemporary London ... both charming and revealing' --Evening Standard 'An epic portrait that shows the city to be just as ... well ... Dickensian as it has ever been' --David Nicholls, Guardian 'I am crazy about Craig Taylor's Londoners ... I can't imagine any lucky recipient not enjoying it' --Diana Athill, Observer
Five years in the making, Londoners is a fresh and compulsively readable view of one of the world's most fascinating cities—a vibrant narrative portrait of the London of our own time, featuring unforgettable stories told by the real people who make the city hum.
Acclaimed writer and editor Craig Taylor has spent years traversing every corner of the city, getting to know the most interesting Londoners, including the voice of the London Underground, a West End rickshaw driver, an East End nightclub doorperson, a mounted soldier of the Queen's Life Guard at Buckingham Palace, and a couple who fell in love at the Tower of London—and now live there. With candor and humor, this diverse cast—rich and poor, old and young, native and immigrant, men and women (and even a Sarah who used to be a George)—shares indelible tales that capture the city as never before.
Together, these voices paint a vivid, epic, and wholly original portrait of twenty-first-century London in all its breadth, from Notting Hill to Brixton, from Piccadilly Circus to Canary Wharf, from an airliner flying into London Heathrow Airport to Big Ben and Tower Bridge, and down to the deepest tunnels of the London Underground. Londoners is the autobiography of one of the world's greatest cities.
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