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

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Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men (and a Sarah who used to be a George) - witnessed by Craig Taylor, an acclaimed Canadian journalist, playwright and writer, who has lived in the city for ten years, exploring its hidden corners and listening to its residents. From the woman who is the voice of the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Muslim currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace; from the marriage registrar at Westminster Town Hall to the director of the biggest Bethnal Green funeral parlour - together, these voices and many more, paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of Twenty-First Century London.

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`A splendid oral history of the city ... A remarkable volume' --Guardian

'Taylor tunes in to the multi-tongued, self-justifying noise of the streets. And he leaves us with a substantial account' --Iain Sinclair, Observer

'A remarkable new book that celebrates the city's endless diversity'
--Time Out *****

'It's the thoughtfulness of Taylor's character studies that make this impressive book'
--Metro ****

`A compelling oral history that reveals the capital through the voices of 80 or so ordinary Londoners' --Independent

`The most humane attempt in some time to capture London's big dirty heart ... a great book' --Word Magazine

`A definitive picture of London as true and important as any fact-filled history of our capital'

--Stylist

'Masterful... The best book about London in at least a decade' --Londonist.com

'Electrifying ... The eloquence of the voices in this book is remarkable' --Oona King, The Times

'I almost learned more about Londoners from this book than from being a Londoner for more than four decades' --Oona King, The Times

'A rich and satisfying tapestry of city life' --Sunday Times

'Abuzz with the life and spirit of the capital city right now ... we salute this brilliant book'
--Dazed & Confused

`A haunting snapshot of contemporary London ... both charming and revealing' --Evening Standard

`An epic portrait that shows the city to be just as ... well ... Dickensian as it has ever been' --David Nicholls, Guardian

`I am crazy about Craig Taylor's Londoners ... I can't imagine any lucky recipient not enjoying it'
--Diana Athill, Observer

About the Author:

Craig Taylor is the author of two books, Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, which began life as a column in the Guardian newspaper. Both have been adapted for the stage. He is the editor of the literary magazine, Five Dials. His third book, 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 will be published autumn, 2011. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he grew up on Vancouver Island. He now lives in London.

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