Category Archives: East End writers

Emile Zola in London

Emile Zola was a writer famous – infamous in his time – for examining the seamy side of life. In his enormous series of Rougon-Macquart novels, everyday life in Paris and the French countryside was depicted as a cycle of … Continue reading

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Horatio Bottomley of Bethnal Green

Horatio Bottomley was one of those larger than life characters who seemed to populate Victorian and Edwardian London. A man of enormous energy and intellect, he was a talented speaker and writer, a popular MP and a creative businessman. He … Continue reading

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Boundary Estate

It occupies the north-east corner of Tower Hamlets, a Victorian development of grand scale and imposing construction. Extraordinary then that the Boundary Estate was the realisation of the dream of one man – a tireless local vicar, determined to rid … Continue reading

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Simon Blumenfeld … an obituary

When Sidney Vauncez died in April this year, he ceded his place in the Guinness Book of Records … as the world’s oldest working journalist on a nationally available weekly paper. At the age of 97 he was still penning … Continue reading

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John Bierman

John Bierman, who died earlier this month after a long period of ill-health, was an East End boy who was displaced by the Blitz and never stopped moving. His career was to take in every aspect of print and broadcast … 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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Willy Goldman

Is it overstating the case to call Willy Goldman the lost genius of East End writing? This Jewish son of Stepney, a lover of the written word, traumatised by being forced from school to sweatshop at 14, went on to … Continue reading

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