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“A rich and exuberant kaleidoscopic portrait of a great, messy, noisy, daunting, inspiring, maddening, enthralling, constantly shifting Rorschach test of a place. … Delightful. … In Taylor’s patient and sympathetic hands, regular people become poets, philosophers, orators.” -- New York Times Book Review
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.
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464 printed pages
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HarperCollins, Ecco
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  • Hasyemi Rafsanjani Asyarishared an impression7 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🙈Lost On Me

    Tbh i was thinking while i was reading, i choose a wrong kind of book, cause there's so much thing that really hard for me to understand, either because of the slang, maybe it just the writing is quite complicated for me.

    Overall, Londoners is about, well, london. Its about people live their life in London. Told and written based by the series of different type of people, different experience who live there.

    I've got quite insight about how London is after read this. The culture, the people, the city, the ins and outs.

  • b7337673508shared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading

  • Verashared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot


  • Maria Gaohas quoted6 years ago
    e, to walk under dark skies, to hear the rustle of trees and experience the consistent tempo, the pace, of life. It all seemed to make sense when days had mornings and afternoons and weeks had Sunday rituals. You were supposed to follow that rhythm each day and somewhere, I began to understand that yes, this is how life is played out. The cycle moves—growth, family, death. All this is blissfully dispensed with in London. Live your life in any way, London says.
  • Maria Gaohas quoted6 years ago
    Every Londoner must have a story, I was told, but it’s not true. Some people retract when they come in contact with this city, like salt on anemone; they become lesser versions, and pine for the country. But more often than not, just the word “London” was potent and stirred up great emotion. I saw people’s faces twist into disgust, grin unabashedly, wince or sigh, roll their eyes or reminisce. London meant new beginning, hellhole, wonderland, too big, too foul, safety
  • Maria Gaohas quoted6 years ago
    The day slipped past silently.

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