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

ISBN-10: 0062005863

ISBN-13: 9780062005861

Edition: N/A

Authors: Craig Taylor

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Five years in the making, 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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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

Craig Taylor is the author of Return to Akenfield and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, both of which have been adapted for the stage. He is also the editor of the literary magazine Five Dials. He lives in London.

A Note About London
Kevin Pover, commercial airline pilot
Raymond Lunn, on arriving from Leeds
Jane Lanyero, on arriving from Uganda
John Harber, a tourist from America
Farzad Pashazadeh, on arriving from Iran
Getting Around
Emma Clarke, voice of the London Underground
Nicky Dorras, taxi driver
Emily Davis, cyclist
Craig Clark, TfL Lost Property Clerk
Noel Gaughan, driving instructor
Nick Tyler, civil engineer
Seeing the Sights
David Doherty, on Buckingham Palace
Bruce Smith, on Big Ben
Philip and Ann Wilson, on the Tower of London
Tim Turner, on "Londin"
Earning One's Keep
Ruby King, plumber
Kamran Sheikh, currency trader
Mary Forde, publican
Ruth Fordham, manicurist
Loving One Another
Alina Iqbal, a love story
Peter Davey and Milan Selj, a couple who met on Parliament Hill
Mistress Absolute, dominatrix
Jay Hughes, nurse
Getting on With It
Nikky, Lindsay, and Danielle, students
Paulo Pimentel, grief counselor
Liston Wingate-Denys, personal trainer
Smartie, Londoner
Continuing Your Journey
Peter Rees, City Planning Officer, City of London
Davy Jones, street photographer
Joe John Avery, street cleaner
Jill Adams and Gary Williams, bus operations specialists
Paul Akers, arboriculturalist
Elisabetta de Luca, commuter
Gleaning on the Margins
Sarah Constantine, skipper
John Andrews, angler
Mikey Tompkins, beekeeper
Christina Oakley Harrington, Wiccan priestess
Feeding the City
Adam Byatt, chef
David Smith, Director of Markets, City of London
Peter Thomas et al., New Spitalfields Market traders
Climbing the Property Ladder
Ashley Thomas, estate agent
Robert Guerini, property owner
Stephanie Walsh, property seeker
Nick Stephens, squatter
Mike Bennison and Geoff Bills, residents of Surrey
Putting on a Show
Henry Hudson, artist
Martins Imhangbe, actor
Laetitia Sadier, singer
Rinse, rapper
Darren Flook, art gallerist
Going Out
Dan Simon, rickshaw driver
Daniel Serrano, cruiser
Emmajo Read, nightclub door attendant
Smartie, Londoner
Making a Life
Jo the Geordie, who stayed in Newcastle
Stacey the Geordie, who came to London
Getting Along
Ed Husain, commentator
Abul Azad, social worker
Nicola Owen, teacher
Guity Keens, interpreter
Lucy Skilbeck, mother
Keeping the Peace
Paul Jones, home security expert
Colin Hendrick, police officer
Nick Smith, eyewitness to the London riots
Mohammed Al Hasan, suspect
David Obiri, Jeremy Ranga, and Keshav Gupta, barristers
Charles Henty, Under-Sheriff of London
Barbara Tucker, protestor
Staying on Top
Stuart Eraser, Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee
Toby Murthwaite, student
Paul Hawtin, hedge fund, manager
George Iacobescu, CEO, Canary Wharf Group PLC
Living and Dying
Alison Cathcart, Superintendent Registrar, City of Westminster
Alex Blake, eyewitness
Perry Powell, paramedic
John Harris, funeral director
Spencer Lee, crematorium technician
Michael Linington, seeker
Rob de Groot, antique-clock restorer
Ethel Hardy, old-age pensioner
Ludmila Olszewska, former Londoner
Smartie, Londoner
Kevin Pover, commercial airline pilot
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