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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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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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Overall, an interesting and perceptive anthology of various Londoners' views of their city. Most of the oral histories give at least some insights into the nature of living and working in London ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Villines - Goodreads

At its core, Londoners is a study in the human condition as it exists in any overwhelming city anywhere in the world. The book provides accounts of people struggling to find their individuality in the ... Read full review


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
Making a Life
Getting Along
Keeping the Peace
Staying on
Living and Dying

Feeding the City
Climbing the Property Ladder
Putting On a Show

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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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