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Some more very good books about London

East End books Below, we look at some excellent personal histories – such as those by Jennie Hawthorne and Jennifer Worth – as well as more encyclopaedic tomes by long-established London watchers such as Peter Ackroyd and Bill Fishman. Ackroyd … Continue reading

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Some very good books about London and the East End of London

Times History of London Edited by Hugh Clout, Times Books, ISBN 0007166532 Traces the history of London from the earliest traces of habitation 40,000 years ago to the present day. Strong chronology, detailed index, lavish photos, drawings and maps and … Continue reading

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Silvertown by Melanie McGrath

As author Melanie McGrath candidly admits, the life of her grandmother, Jenny Fulcher, was nothing out of the ordinary. ‘It was the kind of life that could have belonged to a thousand women living in the mid years of the … Continue reading

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The Blue Lamp: East End police

David Swinden joined the Metropolitan Police in 1958. ‘When I joined as a constable in Stratford, all unmarried officers lived in the police section houses. There was a real sense of family that for better or worse is disappearing now,’ … Continue reading

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First Indian MPs in House of Commons

The House of Commons today is more representative of the British public than it once was – yet the average MP is still white and male. Progress towards greater representation by Black, Asian and female members sometimes seems painfully slow. … Continue reading

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East London’s Black writers

London’s Black history is inextricably bound up with slavery. There are stories of displacement and cruelty, of people bought and sold as chattels, denied their past and any kind of future. A further injustice is that, though there had been … Continue reading

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Steven Berkoff of Stepney

Steven Berkoff of Stepney by John Rennie You may know him as the suavely evil gangland boss Victor Maitland, who torments Eddie Murphy in the 1980s smash movie Beverly Hills Cop. Or the villainous Russian General Orlov, Roger Moore’s adversary … Continue reading

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Bernard Delfont in Whitechapel

Bernard Delfont in Whitchapel by John Rennie Bernard Delfont in Brick Lane Three-year-old Boris Winogradsky stood bawling his eyes out. He was lost and a long way from home. To make things worse, he was trying to speak Russian to … Continue reading

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Bessarabian gangs of the East End of London

Bessarabian Gangs of London by John Rennie TO most observers of the East End, organised crime means just one firm – the Krays. But gang-based crime (and the turf wars that go hand in hand with it) is as old … Continue reading

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Lost rivers of London

Lost Rivers of London by John Rennie The City of London wouldn’t be here at all if it weren’t for the River Thames. And the reason that the East End is more than just a collection of country hamlets is … Continue reading

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