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On Brick Lane

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Rachel Lichtenstein recovers stories of Brick Lane's past to create an intriguing journey through this area of London. She describes her own research process, the people she meets along the way and their wildly differing perspectives on the same street, not to mention the deep connections between Brick Lane and its residents.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Hamish Hamilton
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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
Nov 25, 2008 Gill rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Una Rose
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Londoners
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