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On Brick Lane

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Brick Lane today is a place of extremes – a street that's constantly reinventing itself. Blending history and reportage with personal testimony and urban myths, and interspersing these with maps and photography, On Brick Lane is a one-of-a-kind chronicle of one of London's most remarkable streets. Bringing to life the memories and realities of Brick Lane's many communities ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Hamish Hamilton
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Nov 24, 2011 Lynne rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book in lots of ways. Based on interviews with people who live or lived in Spitalfields as well as many hours spent walking the area alone and with other interested people, Rachel Lichtensein has woven a patchwork book of photos, quotations of many sorts, and stories of the people who have made Brick Lane the fascinating place it has always been. On the edge of the city it is a liminal place, full of newcomers and established residents. The name 'refugee' is derived fr ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely mix of history, photographs, anecdotes, quotes and stories about Brick Lane.
Feb 23, 2016 Belle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aggh the frustrating layout of this book almost broke me. I'm usually a very quick reader but this took me an unusually long time to get through at 10 days. I even had to take a two day break and read something else, (of similar length) in its entirely, before I could pick this back up again. Why did I persevere? I loved the content. The author tells the story of Brick Lane from about 1860 to 2006 and she did a grand job. She really did her research and included contributions from an extremely d ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Gill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves London
Brick Lane is an iconic street in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, the poorest borough in England. It's at the heart of London's East End and for centuries has been a hub for successive generations of immigrants.

This is a well-researched yet personal study of a street adapting and changing through the years. Brick Lane is known for absorbing new arrivals to the capital, from Huguenots to Jews and Bangladeshis - it's now the heart of "Banglatown".

I work nearby, and some of my own ancestors w
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Jun 12, 2013 Una Rose rated it it was amazing
As ever Rachel does an excellent job of letting the reader enter the hidden lives of others - so remarkable!
Dec 07, 2007 Gillian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Londoners
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