This is London

This is London: Life and Death in the World City

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, London History
Paperback Published on: 11/08/2016
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I was born in London, but I no longer recognise this city. I don’t know if I love the new London or if it frightens me: a city where at least 55 per cent of people are not ethnically white British, nearly 40 per cent were born abroad and 5 per cent are living illegally in the shadows. I have no idea who these new Londoners are. Or even what their London really is.

Noël Coward once wrote of London ‘the higher the buildings the lower the morals’ and Ben Judah too finds a contemporary London reveals something of the same, writing that ‘English currency of status in this city is Victorian brick’.

As prices rocket and the stark gap between rich and poor widens, the heart of the city becomes ever more fractured.

So Ben Judah undertakes a journey to find the alternative accounts of London, stepping beyond the statistics of wealth and poverty to speak to the people who live in the city; those who were born there, those passing through and those who are trying to make it their home.

This is London in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers, witch-doctors and sex workers. This is London in the voices of Arabs, Afghans, Nigerians, Poles, Romanians and Russians.

This is London as you've never seen it before.

'Judah grabs hold of London and shakes out its secrets' - The Economist

'An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city' - Sunday Times

'Full of nuggets of unexpected information about the lives of others ...It recalls the journalism of Orwell' - Financial Times

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781447276272
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 351g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 28 mm

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