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Books of the Year I — chosen by our regular reviewers

A.N. Wilson, Frances Wilson, Clare Mulley, Andrew Lycett and many more describe the books they have most enjoyed in 2021

Anna Aslanyan

A decade after Londoners, we have another wonderful work of oral history from Craig Taylor. New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time (John Murray, £16.99) is a collection of monologues that makes you feel as if you are there, listening to these people. A nurse, an activist, a nanny, a car thief, a personal injury lawyer, a lice consultant, a philanthropic foundation officer, a meditation teacher and dozens of others tell their stories of a place that ‘meant more of everything’ to them and to their interlocutor.

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