Five years in the making, Londoners is a fresh and compulsively readable view of one of the world's most fascinating citiesa 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 door-person, a mounted soldier of the Queen's Life Guard at Buckingham Palace, and a couple who fell in love at the Tower of Londonand now live there. With candor and humor, this diverse castrich 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....
|Title||:||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|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||453 pages|
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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 Reviews
I loved this book. I heard about it on the radio and instantly knew that I had to read it. In fact, it was my most welcomed Xmaz pressy.
I was also familiar with the original AKENFIELD, which I read some years ago, and so was fascinated to see how the author got from RETURN TO AKENFIELD to LONDONERS. AKENFIELD was an slightly maudlin insight into how we were. I recall feeling exceptionally sad at the passing of the Englishness in AKENFIELD. But being maudlin butters no turnips. It is clear that L ...more
From BBC radio 4 - Book of the Week:
By Craig Taylor. Abridged by Pete Nichols.
Craig Taylor's book has given new voice to Londoners; the rich and the poor, the native and the immigrant; men and women. It continues an oral tradition that goes back to Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, published in the mid-nineteenth century.
Taylor gives us the squatter and the teacher; the bicycle mechanic and the registrar; the plumber and the rickshaw rider; the lost property clerk and the Wiccan ...more
A collection of stories from Londoners: why they hate it, why they love it, and everything in between. Here are a few of my favorite lines.
"London is propulsion, it rewards those people who push forward. I loved that about it and remembered the disappointment of walking in New York and reaching the end, the water, the point of turning around. In London, even on the days when my knees hurt, my hip hurt, and my Achilles tendon hurt, I loved that sense of constant propulsion."
"Living history is th ...more
I read this book to get me psyched about my trip to London. Although the writing was good, the negative views of the city (of which there were a lot) did not do a thing to get me excited for my trip. I really liked the book at first, but then I found the stories started to drag and were anticlimactic.
Of course I loved it. Instead of telling you why, here are things I liked in it:
"There's only one London. That's it. We are what we are."
"I mean, if you're always striving for success, you end up with something like America, and nobody wants to be like America, really."
"I left a slice of gateau on the Tube today, I was wondering what are the chances of it coming in?"
"She thought it was part of driving in London, someone comes out and, no big deal, threatens to kill you."
"Maybe we need to design ...more
More Hate than Love in this book. Very disappointing.
This coming form someone who has lived in the London area myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved reading stories from people all different types of people who have so many differing opinions about the admittedly odd and formidable, yet wonderful city that they all have some connection to. Every story brought an entirely new perspective about London to light, be it negative or positive. It made me see every aspect of London, and the points of different views of the people who do, in fact ...more
This book was a HUGE disappointment for me. I was so looking forward to it, but the stories were just not at all entertaining - at least I felt like that for the majority of them. I am not quiet able to put my finger on it, but it must have been something with the reading, some of the stories just kept on and on - almost like a stream of conscience - making no sense what so ever! Whilst others were short and sweet or even some of the lengthy ones had purpose and flowed beautifully e.g. the grief ...more