Category Archives: East End book reviews

Stepney by Samantha Bird

MAGNIS AD MAIORA runs the legend beneath the coat of arms of the London Borough of Stepney – ‘from great things to greater’ for those of us unlucky (or lucky) enough to not have studied Latin at school. But how … Continue reading

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From Bow to Biennale – artists of the East London Group

HOW could it be that an art movement that took London by storm in the 1920s and 30s – propelling house painters, navvies and painters to international success – could simply disappear? Surely the East London Group should be as … Continue reading

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Tales from the Two Puddings

IN 1962, exactly 50 years before Stratford became the sporting centre of the world, Eddie Johnson and family took on the Two Puddings pub in Stratford. It didn’t augur well. Eddie was less than happy about leaving a solid job … Continue reading

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Call the Midwife … an unlikely hit?

By John Rennie WHEN WE originally wrote about Call the Midwife a few years ago, it seemed likely that Jennifer Worth’s book would join the ranks of hundreds of other East End memoirs – if better written and more entertaining … Continue reading

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Lost London by Richard Guard

It’s one of the great myths – that London is a city of historic buildings. And people come from across the Atlantic and around the world to marvel at and photograph the history that lies all around us. In fact, … Continue reading

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Lost London by Richard Guard

It’s one of the great myths – that London is a city of historic buildings. And people come from across the Atlantic and around the world to marvel at and photograph the history that lies all around us. In fact, … Continue reading

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Call the Midwife – Jennifer Lee on the Isle of Dogs

TWO thirty in the morning, and midwife Jennifer Lee wondered what on earth she was doing . Only three hours sleep after a 17-hour day, and she was struggling to get her pushbike from the bicycle shed in the freezing … Continue reading

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Capital Disasters by John Withington

Disasters in the East End of London Should you fall into the trap of thinking the world is getting worse – and impending doom just around the corner – a new book* on the history of London will prove strangely … Continue reading

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Clouds of Glory … the life of Bryan Magee

We like to pigeonhole people. But with Hoxton boy Bryan Magee it’s a tricky one. If you’d turned on the telly in the 1960s and 70s you might have known him as a current affairs reporter on ITV. Turn on … Continue reading

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Women at war

The outbreak of hostilities in 1939 was when war really came home to the East End. Up till then, conflicts had largely been fought far away, with news of victory and defeat dribbling back slowly. Of course the East End … Continue reading

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