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London: Tales of a City

In a series commissioned by the NS, artists, authors and public figures reflect on their relationship with the capital.

Inside the 2012 summer edition of the New Statesman, a special double issue on London, figures from the worlds of pop culture, academia, media and politics offered a "tale" of what the city means to them (and in one case, why they hate it).

Here are the collected capsule essays, from an eclectic mix of the capital's long-term, former and born-and-bred residents.