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The (other) Londoners

Craig Taylor is an expert listener. In his new book Londoners, a portrait of the English capital's chatty citizens, he never intrudes as an interviewer. The New York Times calls the book a “master class in self-effacing journalism." But then, Taylor is Canadian. “It’s just genuine curiosity,” he says. "There’s no trick, it’s just being there in person. Meeting up. Being around.”

That is difficult today, he adds, with the increased demands on writers to be also bloggers and editors and videographers. “It gets faster and faster, but in this work you cannot go quickly into a room and say, ‘Okay, hopes and dreams, what are they?’ Londoners shows what one Canadian found out when he filled five years - and fifteen notebooks - simply listening.

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