Here are the voices of London - rich and poor, native and immigrant, women and men. From the woman whose voice announces the stations on the London Underground to the man who plants the trees along Oxford Street; from a Pakistani currency trader to a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace - together, these voices paint a vivid, epic and wholly fresh portrait of 21st Century London.
Craig Taylor, an acclaimed journalist, playwright, and writer, spent five years exploring the city and listening to its residents to create this amazingly rich portrait of London.
©2011 Craig Taylor (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
Retired in Nanoose Bay ,British Columbia, having lived and worked in Canada, USA (Connecticut), UK and Singapore
Having lived near London over the last 10 years, now living on Canada's West Coast near the author's origin, I really enjoyed this book.I learned a lot about many facets of life in London that normally you take for granted (the tube train announcer, for example)
It was fun to move onto each new experience and reminiscence and I looked forward to listen to what was coming next
The narrators were spot on and often very amusing.
A really good listen
"Tired of London? I don't think so."
I write this as a Londoner and as someone who loves the city. This is a fascinating insight into the people that make it such a great place to live and work. There's much pleasure to be had in the recognition of "yes that's how it is."
It's frequently funny and always interesting and the interviews are quite short so you can easily skip forward if you get bored, although I don't think that will happen.
My only gripe is that this is meant to be the many, many voices of London, but the audio version uses only half-a-dozen different actors and you quickly get to recognise each voice as they tend to voice each person the same rather than "get into character." This distracted me a little so I felt I was listening to the actor rather than the interviewee. Otherwise it's a very good book.
I have read the only review so far to be made of this book, and agree with the writer except that I didn't feel that the voices marred the presentation - the episodes are well-spaced so that you don't hear the same voice too frequently.
It's a wonderful book because the stories are quite offbeat and not what you're expecting. Each has an introductory name and occupation, and though you feel you may know about the world of that occupation you find new angles to it every time. I think different generations will find different parts intriguing (I'm older, so the life of a female bouncer is outside my ken and a revelation!)
I shall certainly listen to the book again.
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