Tales of Two Londons: Stories From A Fractured City
London today is embattled as rarely before. In a city of enormous wealth, poverty is rampant. The burnt-out hulk of Grenfell Tower stands as an appalling reminder that inequality can be so acute as to be murderous.
Here, Claire Armistead has drawn together fiction, reportage and poetry to capture the schisms defining the contemporary city. With nearly 40% of the capital’s population born outside the country, Tales of Two Londons eschews what Armistead labels a “tyranny of tone,” emphasising voices rarely heard.
Alongside writers with established reputations are stories from previously unpublished immigrants and refugees, from people working with deprived youth in the city, from Kurdish activists, and from tenants’ groups. Together, in a compelling collection, they capture the fabric of the city: its housing, its food, its pubs, its buses, even its graveyards.