Londoners

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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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    By Fpiano
    4
    Takes a while to get into the movement of the book. As the author says, it's been done before, i.e. StudsTurkel with Chicago, etc. It is well edited; way to much of the population of London seems so articulate, including drug addicts, the poorly employed and actress dancer plumbers. They seem a little too carefully selected. That said, they become interesting as the collection moves on and I began to be interested in them. Most of them would be good dinner guests. You shouldn't read this if you want to maintain a rosy view of what it would be like to live in the city. I'm surprised the author didn't interview more people who wanted to move away.

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