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

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Harper Collins, Feb 21, 2012 - Travel - 448 pages
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“Craig Taylor is the real deal: a peerless journalist and a beautiful craftsman.”
—David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Fraud and Half Empty

“Londoners is a wonderful book—I wanted it to be twice as long.”
—Diana Athill, New York Times bestselling author of Somewhere Towards the End

In Londoners, acclaimed journalist Craig Taylor paints readers an epic portrait of today’s London that is as rich and lively as the city itself. In the style of Studs Terkel (Working, Hard Times, The Good War) and Dave Isay (Listening Is an Act of Love), Londoners offers up  the stories, the gripes, the memories, and the dreams of those in the great and vibrant British metropolis who “love it, hate it, live it, left it, and long for it,” from a West End rickshaw driver to a Soldier of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to a recovering heroin addict seeing Big Ben for the very first time. Published just in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Londoners is a glorious literary celebration of one of the world’s truly great cities.

 

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User Review  - cookierooks - LibraryThing

Kind of obsessed with London lately. This starts out great, very much like classic Studs Terkel. Gets kind of repetetive by the end. But still quite readable, a slice of London as seen by its citizens. Read full review

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User Review  - Erika.D - LibraryThing

Not as exciting as I thought it would be. Some of the narratives were pretty boring or depressing. London is still a place I'd like to visit but this book made me rethink moving there one day! It is ... Read full review

Contents

Dedication
Emma Clarke voice of the London Underground
David Doherty on Buckingham Palace
Ruby King plumber
Alina Iqbal a love story
Nikky Lindsay and Danielle students
Continuing Your Journey
Gleaning on the Margins
Going
Making a Life
Getting Along
Keeping the Peace
Staying on
Living and Dying
Departing
Index

Feeding the City
Climbing the Property Ladder
Putting On a Show
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Craig Taylor is the author of Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, both of which have been adapted for the stage. He is also the editor of the literary magazine Five Dials. He lives in London.

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