“A thrilling portrait of the city. . . . Enchanting. . . . I feel I almost learned more about Londoners from this book than from being a Londoner for more than four decades. . . . Too good to miss.” —The Times (London)
A fresh and compulsively readable view of one of the world’s most fascinating cities—Londoners is a vibrant narrative portrait of the London of our own time, featuring unforgettable stories told by the real people who make the city hum, from the voice of the Tube and a West End rickshaw driver to an East End nightclub doorperson and a mounted soldier of the Queen’s Life Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Craig Taylor offers 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 the deepest tunnels of the London Underground to Big Ben and Tower Bridge. A unique autobiography of one of the world’s greatest cities, Londoners captures this legendary metropolis as never before.
“Remarkable. . . . Essential. . . . Enlightening. . . . Londoners offers an impression of the city’s people, a way to understand their motives and fears and the simmering rush. It captures the combination of quiet desperation and boundless optimism required to live [there].”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Whether or not you know London, whether or not you love it, this book is for you. . . . It is hard, reading this book, to remember that you aren’t a Londoner, too. But maybe in reading it you have become one.”—Newsday