Join us for a talk with Ben Judah about his new book “This is London”.
Have you always wanted to know what it feels like to sleep rough in rainy London, but you were just not very keen on experiencing it yourself? Have you always wondered what dreams immigrant beggars had before they came to this city, but you didn’t feel comfortable asking them?
Worry no longer. Journalist Ben Judah has done it all for you. He wrote a fascinating book about it, This is London, which The Telegraph qualified as “important and impressive” and Dutch newspaper NRC as “unequalled”.He will be telling all about it during a live interview in the Dutch Centre.
Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent, but here he turns his reporter’s gaze on home, immersing himself in the hidden world of London’s immigrants to reveal the city in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers and witch-doctors. From the backrooms of its mosques, Tube tunnels and nightclubs to the frontlines of its streets, Judah has supped with oligarchs and spent nights sleeping rough, worked on building sites and talked business with prostitutes; he’s heard stories of heartbreaking failure, but also witnessed extraordinary acts of compassion.
This is London explodes fossilized myths and offers a fresh, exciting portrait of what it’s like to live, work, fall in love, raise children, grow old and die in London now. Simultaneously intimate and epic, here is a compulsive and deeply sympathetic book on this dizzying world city from one of our brightest new writers.
- Date: Wednesday 16 March 2016
- English Spoken
- Time: 7 pm
- Doors open: 6.30 pm
- Tickets: £10. Students: £5.
- Location: Dutch Centre, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N2HA