Released on 28 January 2016.

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This is London

Life and Death in the World City

4.04 based on 542 ratings & 75 reviews on

2016 Long-listed

Baillie Gifford Prize


'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

In the media

This is an important book - one that should open our eyes to the price others often pay for our comfort.
Daily Telegraph
People say Ben Judah is Orwellian. They're Right. . . . He's a superb reporter.
Evening Standard
[A] remarkable study of the modern city . . . A timely insight into how we live now