New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time (Hardback)
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New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time (Hardback)

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Published: 23/03/2021
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The author of the groundbreaking Londoners transplants his distinctive brand of oral history to the Big Apple, and a series of wonderfully revealing portraits of New York during a troubled twenty-first century.  

Terror

Blackout

Hurricane

Recession

Pandemic

A symphony of contemporary New York told through the magnificent words of its people - from the best-selling author of Londoners.

In the first twenty years of the twenty-first century, New York City has been convulsed by terrorist attack, blackout, hurricane, recession, social injustice, and pandemic. New Yorkers weaves the voices of some of the city's best talkers into an indelible portrait of New York in our time - and a powerful hymn to the vitality and resilience of its people.

Vibrant and bursting with life, New Yorkers explores the nonstop hustle to make it; the pressures on new immigrants, people of colour, and the poor. It captures the strength of an irrepressible city that - no matter what it goes through - dares call itself the greatest in the world.

Drawn from millions of words, hundreds of interviews, and six years in the making, New Yorkers is a grand portrait of an irrepressible city and a hymn to the vitality and resilience of its people.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781848549708
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 672 g
Dimensions: 238 x 154 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beautifully woven - Sunday Times

One of Craig Taylor's many skills as an interviewer lies in his eye for the vivid detail that captures a larger abstraction ... Remarkable - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Extraordinary city stories ... ambitious and entertaining ... [Taylor] does a fine job of telling the New York story - Hari Kunzru, Guardian

As gorgeous, cacophonous and shocking as New York itself. Like those great oral historians Studs Terkel and Ronald Blythe, Craig Taylor has the gift of drawing out the most idiosyncratic confidences, creating a magical, uproarious and sometimes terrifying portrait of life in the ultimate city - Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City

A symphonic choir of voices rising from the five boroughs ... the city is hopping, punching, reeling, dancing, thrumming, honking, thriving ... Taylor is as skilled a writer of literary nonfiction as I have ever read - The TLS

An incredible achievement. Insightful, funny, surprising, profound, moving and honest. This could be the great American novel - and it isn't even a novel - Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine

This is a stunning piece of work. New Yorkers is rich with the voices and stories of the city; voices that Craig Taylor has listened to with attentive generosity and that he offers us here with something close to love - Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir-13

Jaw-dropping ... Enthralling ... Start spreading the news: Taylor's book is a stunning work of modern social history - Independent

A monumental and beautiful testimony to a city and to life itself ... This is what Craig Taylor has done: not just reveal a city, but the human spirit that lights the city; that spirit, which despite its flaws and madness, seems in the end to always wish to transform chaos and hatred into meaning and love - Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man

Every decade or so, a book comes along to define an epoch in New York life . . . Craig Taylor's New Yorkers is one of those. It is a monumental document of our age of precarity, catastrophe, and scrolling anomie. Just as importantly, though, it is an antidote, the opposite of a lockdown: a welcoming into the apartments of our neighbors and out into the living street. For those newly arrived to the city or long in love with it, New Yorkers belongs on the short shelf of required reading - Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire

Craig Taylor gets us. His sojourn in New York has resulted in a wonderful portrait of the city and its people, in good times and in bad, living, persevering, triumphant - Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland

An engrossing, multihued 'oral portrait' of New York City as told by the people who live there .... Admirers of the Big Apple will be enthralled - Publishers Weekly

One of the most enjoyable trips to New York I've ever taken: fascinating, exciting and weird. Like the very best kind of guide, Craig Taylor showed me parts of the city I would never have found on my own - Chris Power, author of Mothers: Stories

In New Yorkers he has both perfected the method and found new range in his own voice. I lived in the city for six of the years covered here, but though Taylor does capture a tone I remember, I feel more that I've come to know the place better through the lens of his curiosity - John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead

Craig Taylor has conducted Gotham's voices into a gorgeous score. He has such a gift for getting cities to pause for their solos and close ups. With Londoners and now New Yorkers a decade later, he's like a Carson, a Winfrey, a Letterman of the vox populi: generous with each human he sits down with, making them look good without any makeup and giving them all the best lines. I've never heard New York sound this good, this in tune, despite its seas of trouble - Leanne Shapton, author of Swimming Studies

[Taylor's] love of New York is plain, his ability to listen extraordinary - Erica Wagner, New Statesman

The subjects are loquacious and often richly self-aware, leading to some memorable, blackly comic vignettes - Observer

Not even Craig Taylor's delightful cacophony of voices, dozens and dozens of them spilling their New York stories, can compass its vastness and variety. But what a tasty slice Taylor serves up! Until you can fly into JFK and see, hear, and smell for yourself, savour the grit, sweat in the choking humidity and shiver in the canyoned midtown winds - until then, his New Yorkers is just the ticket . . . Taylor deserves the keys to the city - Spectator

His achievement here is to accurately recreate the kinetic rhythms of New Yorkers' speech and, despite the disparity of choices, present us with a cohesive, intimate and vivacious kaleidoscope of New York in pages that crackle with the braggadocio, intensity and daring with which the city is synonymous. - Sunday Business Post

Taylor's bravest act in writing this book - subtitled, A City and Its People In Our Time - is to keep out of the way; preface and Coda apart there is no Taylor here. In an age of author's "Me! Me! Me!" complexes his schtick is "Them! Them! Them!" Let the people speak - Reaction

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