This is London

Life and Death in the World City

4.09 based on 157 ratings & 23 reviews on

'Judah grabs hold of London and shakes out its secrets' The Economist

This is London in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers, witch-doctors and sex workers.

This is London in the voices of Arabs, Afghans, Nigerians, Poles, Romanians and Russians.

This is London as you've never seen it before.

'An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city' Sunday Times

'Full of nuggets of unexpected information about the lives of others . . . It recalls the journalism of Orwell' Financial Times

Mesmerising, trenchant and deeply compassionate
Astonishing. . .Judah has travelled the length and breadth of the city, talking to and empathising with those too often airbrushed from the picture. . .As a former foreign correspondent, Judah is the ideal guide to this new landscape. . .important and impressive
Sunday Telegraph
An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city . . . You won't read a more succinct analysis
Sunday Times

About Ben Judah

Ben Judah was born in London. He has travelled widely in Russia, Central Asia and the Levant. His writing has featured widely, including the New York Times, the Evening Standard, the Financial Times and Standpoint. His first book, Fragile Empire, was published by Yale University Press in 2013.

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Upcoming events

Ben Judah at Polis LSE

Ben Judah at Polis LSE


Houghton Street London, WC2A 2AE UNITED KINGDOM

17:00 on 08 November 2016 - 18:00 on 08 November 2016

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Author and foreign correspondent Ben Judah will be speaking about his new book 'This is London' as part of the Media Agenda Talks series at the LSE. Ben will be speaking specifically about alternative cultural narratives in the city. This event will a twenty five minute talk and a thirty minute Q&A session, to be chaired by Polis director Prof Charlie Beckett or another academic from the Department of Media and Communications.