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

12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2012. ISBN 9781470344405. $123.75; digital download. SOC SCI
For this oral history of London, Taylor (Return to Akenfield) interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life—from city planners to manicurists to housewives and including those born and raised in London or the vicinity as well as immigrants who have made the city their home. Their stories run the gamut, some intriguing, others not so interesting, some humorous and others depressing. Most are accounts of everyday lives as well as the tellers' personal life histories. The stories are read by five narrators who effectively capture the accents and attitudes of their subjects.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed Studs Terkel's oral histories will enjoy this, as will those interested in the social culture of London. ["More than a collection of conversations, this book brings London to life as it is—ever changing, ever eternal, ever unforgettable. A delight!" read the review of the Ecco: HarperCollins hc, LJ 10/1/11.—Ed.]
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