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This is London: Life and Death in the World City (2016)

by Ben Judah

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This is important journalism, simply listening to immigrants who live on the unglamorous side of London: tenement labourers, litter-pickers, betting shop regulars, wannabe gangsters, low level officials, prostitutes, cornershop clerks, agency carers. It's about poverty, segregation, white flight, boredom, pessimism. This, too, is London. ( )
  wa233 | Jul 11, 2017 |
An interesting look at London from many immigrants point of view, Poles, Romanians, Nigerians, Filipinas, Arabs, etc. A vision of London the city of magnetic bright light and opportunity juxtaposed against the immigrant reality. It is an unrelenting look at the poverty associated with being an illegal immigrant. Though the author does seek out those who are not illegal and some who are obviously wealthy, it is the poverty that pervades the book that will remain with you. Ben Judah attempts to portray their lives through pen portraits of them and their surroundings, while also conveying them in their own words. Many times through the book you feel you've met the person and a window has been opened on their lives. But often it just feels unrelenting. Worth reading as a look at London from another side. ( )
  devilish2 | Aug 20, 2016 |
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PLACES & PEOPLES: GENERAL & PICTORIAL WORKS. London is a global city. More than half of those who live in the UK's capital came from somewhere else - and most arrived in the last ten years. Migration is transforming London, for better and for worse. Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent. In This Is London, he turns his keen reporter's eye on home, immersing himself in the hidden world of the city's immigrants - from the richest to the poorest - to discover the complex and varied individuals who are making London what it is today. He's had dinner with oligarchs and meetings with foreign royalty, spent nights streetwalking and sleeping rough; he's heard stories of heart-breaking failure, but also witnessed extraordinary acts of compassion, hope and the triumph of love. A compulsive, acutely observed and deeply sympathetic work of journalism, This Is London is an exciting and revelatory book from an extraordinary new talent.… (more)

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