Posts tagged with ‘East London’

  • On Brick Lane

    On Brick Lane is an unforgettable journey through the vanished past, the disappearing present and the emerging future of one of Britain’s most mythologized and misunderstood streets. Home to successive waves of immigrants, from eighteenth century Huguenot weavers to the Jewish refugeesof the 1880s to the late twentieth-century Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane is now one of the most fashionable and sought-after addresses in London.

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    Rachel Litchenstein
  • Rodinsky’s Room

    In 1980 a remarkable discovery was made in the attic rooms above a disused synagogue in the former Jewish quarter of East London. An abandoned room was unlocked for the first time in twenty years, frozen in time, with everything more or less in its original state, even down to porridge on the stove and the imprint of a head on a pillow. Tucked inside books scattered around the room.

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    Rachel Litchenstein
  • London E1

    This novel by Robert Poole (originally published in 1961) set in and around Brick Lane during and directly after the blitz, documents the war years, when the Jewish and white working class communities were still very present in the area and the first Asian migrants were beginning to settle there. The relationships and tensions between these different groups is told with an attention to detail that suggests true to life fiction.

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    Rachel Litchenstein
  • Rodinsky’s Whitechapel

    Rodinsky’s Whitechapel (Artangel, 1999) was commissioned as part of the INNERcity series, which encouraged writers and artists to excavate a range of urban environments and to contemplate the changing nature of the city and the counterpoint between narrative and place, between language and location.

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    Rachel Litchenstein