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London Calling: How Black Asian Writers Imagined A City

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
From the 11th-century, when one commentator claimed the capital was being overrun with Moors, to the garage MCs and street poets of today – this book tells the story of life in London for black and Asian people from the 17th-century until today. ‘London Calling’ tells the story of black and Asian literary London, tracing the escapades, fortune making, and self-expansion of ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published October 27th 2004 by Harper Perennial GB
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K.J. Charles
A really interesting look at how black and Asian writers have written London through time. Spectacular depth and knowledge here showing the cultural and imaginative impact of BAME writers, from grubby firebrand radicals like the Spencean Wedderburn to visiting maharajahs, and then getting in depth on 20th century writers, both the big names and some I've never heard of.

Well written albeit in a modern-litcrit style (which is to say I had to look up quite a few words). NB the author uses slurs (no
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Peter Schmidt
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good book. It's written in a lively, non-jargony style, using the vivid details and a novelist's eye for stories of a set of representative individuals' personal experiences. It develops sophisticated insights about patterns of discrimination and resistance to them, and has a broad historical scope (back to the 18th century and even earlier). It primarily works through anecdotes, rather than analytics, but this approach is refreshing, intelligent, and accessible to a wide range of readers ...more
Paolo
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Reads with the same passion and zest and daring of its subjects. 'London Calling' is the Tristram Shandy of litcrit! ...more
Rajit
Fascinating when dealing with the early (pre-twentieth century) writers; less so when dealing with more modern and well-known figures.
Nicole
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This books deserves five stars for its bibliography alone. It's a very readable survey of black and Asian writing about London, and it introduced me to several new writers. ...more
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