Londoners by Craig Taylor
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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Taylor’s Londoners is an inspiring feat of oral history condensed from more than 200 interviews he conducted with London residents mostly, it would seem, in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.
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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.

 

About Craig Taylor

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Craig Taylor is an acclaimed journalist, playwright, writer and editor. He is the author of A Million Tiny Plays about Britain, Return to Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village. and is the editor of the literary magazine Five Dials. He lives in . . . yes, London.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Ecco. 453 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Lyall on Mar 01 2012

Oral histories are only as good as the people in them, and this is as good an array as you could hope for.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexander Larman on Jul 07 2012

Taylor's superb book does full justice to London and its people, and should be enjoyed by everyone, whether they love the place or regret ever having set foot there.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Mar 19 2012

His interviewing and editing skills, however, are obviously formidable — the breadth of people and the depth of their observations show an acute ability to draw out the best.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on Mar 02 2012

Taylor’s Londoners is an inspiring feat of oral history condensed from more than 200 interviews he conducted with London residents...in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Roland Elliott Brown on Mar 02 2012

Taylor’s Londoners is an inspiring feat of oral history condensed from more than 200 interviews he conducted with London residents mostly, it would seem, in the wake of the 2008 financial crash.

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