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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.
I actually bought the book hoping for a bit of travel through London, where, unfortunately or fortunately for me, I've never been.... at least not yet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Started out as an interesting approach but got a bit too boring after a time. Fewer people but with a little more depth might have worked better.Published 2 months ago by Somewhat Cynical
The London a visitor will never see in all its contradictions, contrasts and grit. A great guide to the real city.
Upon finishing this book, I wasn't sure what to think. I made my first trip to London this past May, and I absolutely fell in love with everything. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NATALIE
I liked this book more after I got back because the neighborhoods made more sense to me and I could picture the tube and the streetsPublished 6 months ago by Jane Susan Andraka
I was a big fan of Studs Terkel's book "Working" after having to read it for an upper level course in college. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kyle
From a US Anglophile, very impressed. Great variety of interviews, not a travelogue in the bunch. Enjoyed a lot. Cheers!Published 11 months ago by Jane V Stephens