London Made Us - Robert Elms in conversation with Jason Solomons

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“This is a journal of journeys, urban excursions which take place both now and then, in times plural and space singular; one city, many cities.”

 

Robert Elms has seen his beloved city change beyond all imagining. London in his lifetime has morphed from a piratical, still bomb-scarred playground, to a swish cosmopolitan metropolis. Motorways driven through lost communities, murder miles becoming estate agents' dreams, accents changing, towers appearing. Yet still it remains to him the greatest place on earth.

Elms takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons. He is our guide through a place that has seen scientific experiments conducted in subterranean lairs, a small community declare itself an independent nation and animals of varying exoticism roam free through its streets; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms' home over a century ago and a city that has borne witness to epoch- and world-changing events.

London Made Us is a marvellously detailed and wonderfully evocative memoir of London trembling on the border of extinction. Our tears and dreams are made of this”
PETER ACKROYD

Robert Elms is a broadcaster and writer, well-loved for his eponymous radio show on BBC Radio London. Elms started out as a journalist, writing for The Face and NME. He is a Londoner through and through, growing up in West London and living in the city for most of his life.

The Robert Elms Show is a celebration of every aspect of the tumultuous city of London. He interviews Londoners – famous and non-famous – and every week looks at all sides of the city, be that architecture, language, music, clothes and more.

Elms is the author of two previous works of non-fiction, The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads and Spain: A Portrait After the General, and a novel, In Search of the Crack. He lives in London with his wife and children.

Jason Solomons is one of the UK’s most respected and in-demand film critics. He’s a presenter, journalist, broadcaster, author and now influential blogger – jasonsolomons.com is Jason, the uncensored version and a one-stop shop where you can find out where to see, hear or read Jason next.

Jason’s debut book, Woody Allen: Film by Film (Carlton Books) came out to much acclaim in 2015 and includes an exclusive interview with Woody, conducted at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. With an updated and expanded interview with Woody, the book is now in a second edition and has been translated into five languages.

Jason is currently writing for The New European newspaper, keeping readers in touch with film stars, film makers, film trends and festivals from around Europe.

You can still hear Jason every week on BBC Radio London, where he’s in with Robert Elms every Thursday 1130-1230 with all London’s film news, reviews and star guests.