Londoners

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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“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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2012.
Characteristics: 448 p.
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KCLSLibrarians Mar 08, 2014

How do you define the experience of a city as great and sprawling as London? The answer is one person at a time. In the tradition of Studs Terkel, journalist Craig Taylor spent five years interviewing over 200 Londoners from every borough of the city and all walks of life to fill the pages of this highly readable book. The result is a collection of 83 oral histories by Londoners that fascinate, educate, entertain, and inspire. A driving instructor waxes poetic about roundabouts; a voice-over artist talks about her gig as the voice of the London Underground (her favorite station to pronounce was Theydon Bois); a yeoman warder talks about the difficulty of getting a pizza delivered when you live in the Tower of London; and a Wiccan priestess talks about researching spells in the British Library. Fantastic!

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ooyl_johnsmith
Oct 23, 2012

I loved this book to pieces. It gave a great insight to the lives of both the underprivileged and the privileged "londoners." I recommend it to everyone.

hgeng63 Aug 07, 2012

Had to plow & slog through this one. A real disappointment to me.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

This Canadian writer is a self-styled Studs Terkel after a few short years in London, but totally lacking Studs' insights.

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martlet
Jul 25, 2012

Having lived in London for a number of years some of the stories resonated with me. However I don't think the work was representative of the city and the author may have shown some bias in deciding which stories to include/exclude. I'd recommend it for someone who wants to get a general idea of what it's like to live in London.

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GreenlakeDD
May 15, 2012

I am really enjoying this book and have recommended it to a lot of my friends. In fact, it made me want to reread "Akenfield",the iconic 1969 study of an English village, and also to try to get a copy of "Return to Akenfield", this author's earlier book, (which SPL doesn't have.)

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