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‘Londoners’ quote of the day: Jane Lanyero on arriving in the capital

Posted at 8:30 am, January 18, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

‘The days and nights of London now, as told by those who love it, hate it, live it, left it, and long for it’. Craig Taylor has collected the voices of the city in his lovely new book ‘Londoners’. It is time to meet some other people who call this city home.

Jane Lanyero on arriving in London from Uganda:

‘At Gatwick I was handed a train ticket with directions to take me from the airport to a B&B at Harrow on the Hill. Good enough, I could read and write. But I’d never been on a train. You’re told to follow the circle line, then change to the Metropolitan Line… When you get to this station you can change to that platform. I said: God, be my help. You go up, you come down, you come out… I didn’t know. I was scared to ask because you see all the white people around and you don’t know how to approach them.’

From ‘Londoners’  by Craig Taylor (published by Granta, £25).

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