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This is London: Life and Death in the World City Hardcover – 28 Jan 2016

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  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (28 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447272447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447272441
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is hard to overstate the value of what Judah has done . . . This is London is an important and impressive book (Sunday Telegraph)

An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city . . . You won't read a more succinct analysis (Sunday Times)

A revelatory work, full of nuggets of unexpected information about the lives of others . . . [Judah] is a fine, intrepid reporter (Financial Times)

Work of this sort really is necessary; this is the stuff we must think about it we are ever to get to grips (assuming it's not too late already) with what lies ahead for our cities. Every MP should be given a copy immediately. On every page lies and uncomfortable truth, in every paragraph sheer horror. It is a book that demonstrably improves the eyesight. Read it, and the streets will look different: I guarantee it. Above all, more than I can possibly say, I admired its author's pluck, determination, compassion and refusal to judge - and I'd like him to know that some of the stories he told will haunt me for a long time to come (Rachel Cooke New Statesman)

Judah has succeeded in opening reader's eyes to the hardships experienced by many and ignored by most (Independent)

This truly extraordinary book is as raw, powerful, unflinching, witty, engaging, shocking, in-your-face and occasionally both heartwarming and heartbreaking as the great but complex and flawed city it chronicles. I've lived in London for three decades yet found something I didn't know about it on virtually every page (Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon the Great)

Having spent the last year meeting people along several of the world's busiest migration trails, it is fascinating to read Ben Judah's powerful account of where some of them end up. Judah has created an alternative and essential guide to London, and Londoners, in 2015.' (Patrick Kingsley Guardian)

Mesmerising, trenchant and deeply compassionate (Book of the Month Bookseller)

A vital, almost overwhelming panorama of brutality and injustice (Metro)

Ben Judah offers no answers; but bears witness. He reports the stories of London's immigrants with a smart mind, a light touch and a brave and compassionate heart. These statements deserve to be heard. This is London is an important, state of the nation, eye-opening report from our increasingly ghettoized capital city (Dan Boothby, author of Island of Dreams)

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A major work of narrative non-fiction from a fresh new voice.

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