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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

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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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"Playwright Taylor (A Million Tiny Plays About Britain) provides an ambitious, wide-ranging compilation of oral histories by the people who live, work, and, even quit the city, with a lively, unvarnished sense of the feelings the city inspires. In Studs Terkel fashion, Taylor tries to let the voices emerge with a distinctive timbre, revealing myriad backgrounds and motivations — an Iranian immigrant was smuggled in illegally by hiding in a lorry via Dover in 2007; a BBC woman recounts how she was hired to make the London Underground recordings ('Mind the gap' and so on); an accidental member of the Queen's Household Cavalry initially signed up only because he wanted to learn to drive; an old-timer from North London named Smartie depicts how gritty the city used to be in the late 1970s and '80s; some savvy market traders at New Spitalfields negotiate sales of fruits and vegetables in rhyming slang ('Tom Mix' means six); the ubiquitous taxi driver recounts taking the grueling Knowledge of London exam ('The Knowledge') among dozens of others. Taylor groups his accounts under general headings about what people do, such as 'Keeping the Peace' (e.g., police officer, barrister) or 'Gleaning on the Margins' (skipper, angler). Readers will be happy to see the map of the 32 boroughs. Although the work embarks initially on a depressing remembrance by 'Former Londoner' Simon Kushner ('I suddenly realized that if I stayed in London, I'd be in exactly the same place in 10 or 20 years'), Taylor builds to true heights of civic virtue, as in Lost Property clerk Graig Clark's account of restoring lost objects to their owners, like umbrellas and a 'slice of gateau.' (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 todays 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 worlds truly great cities.

About the Author

CRAIG TAYLOR is an acclaimed writer, playwright, and editor. He is the author of One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and Return to Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village in the 21st Century, and he edits the literary magazine Five Dials. He lives in London.

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Ken, August 29, 2012 (view all comments by Ken)
I would certainly quality as one who loves London and I also loved this book. For all those who also have a soft spot in their heart for this most interesting city but whose eyes might glaze over at the sight of a book on its history or architecture - this balanced mixture of themes and opinions based on the recent life experiences of Londoners could be just the ticket.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062005854
Author:
Taylor, Craig, Dphil
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
Taylor, Craig
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Playwright Taylor (A Million Tiny Plays About Britain) provides an ambitious, wide-ranging compilation of oral histories by the people who live, work, and, even quit the city, with a lively, unvarnished sense of the feelings the city inspires. In Studs Terkel fashion, Taylor tries to let the voices emerge with a distinctive timbre, revealing myriad backgrounds and motivations — an Iranian immigrant was smuggled in illegally by hiding in a lorry via Dover in 2007; a BBC woman recounts how she was hired to make the London Underground recordings ('Mind the gap' and so on); an accidental member of the Queen's Household Cavalry initially signed up only because he wanted to learn to drive; an old-timer from North London named Smartie depicts how gritty the city used to be in the late 1970s and '80s; some savvy market traders at New Spitalfields negotiate sales of fruits and vegetables in rhyming slang ('Tom Mix' means six); the ubiquitous taxi driver recounts taking the grueling Knowledge of London exam ('The Knowledge') among dozens of others. Taylor groups his accounts under general headings about what people do, such as 'Keeping the Peace' (e.g., police officer, barrister) or 'Gleaning on the Margins' (skipper, angler). Readers will be happy to see the map of the 32 boroughs. Although the work embarks initially on a depressing remembrance by 'Former Londoner' Simon Kushner ('I suddenly realized that if I stayed in London, I'd be in exactly the same place in 10 or 20 years'), Taylor builds to true heights of civic virtue, as in Lost Property clerk Graig Clark's account of restoring lost objects to their owners, like umbrellas and a 'slice of gateau.' (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “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 todays 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 worlds truly great cities.

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