New Yorkers: The restless rhythms and strident voices of the Big Apple

Craig Taylor spent six years interviewing the people of New York for his latest book, and the result crackles with raw urban energy

Taylor captures New York’s mood in a way that a conventional narrative history never could


New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time

By Craig Taylor

John Murray, €19.99

“There’s no better way of rejecting where you came from, no plainer declaration of an intention to reinvent yourself, than moving to New York,” wrote the novelist Jonathan Franzen. “I speak from personal experience.”

That impulse for regeneration animates Craig Taylor’s New Yorkers: a majestic oral portrait of the Big Apple in the 21st century that captures the ...