Ben Judah acclaimed This is London explodes fossilised myths and offers a fresh, exciting portrait of what it's like to live, work, fall in love, raise children, grow old and die in London now.
The new London is an immigrant city. Over one-third of Londoners were born abroad, with half arriving since the millennium. This has utterly transformed the capital, for better and for worse. Simultaneously intimate and epic, This is London is a compulsive and deeply sympathetic book on this dizzying world city from one of our brightest new writers.
I was born in London,’ Ben Judah tells us early in this vivid portrait of Britain’s capital, ‘but I no longer recognise the city.’ London has become a building site where dirty money is converted into gleaming blocks of luxury flats. Judah spent time with the Romanian gypsies living in the tunnels beneath Marble Arch and the East European builders in the dirty doss-houses of East London. After meeting Moses, a Shepherd’s Bush drug-dealer he meets the lonely rich and explores the capital's glitzy nightclub.