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Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden (London Streets Trilogy 2) Paperback – 6 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141018526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141018522
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Lichtenstein is an artist and writer. She is the co-author, with Iain Sinclair, of Rodinsky's Room and the author, most recently, of On Brick Lane.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann on 25 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
After reading such glowing reviews of Rachel Lichtenstein's latest book Diamond Street in the Guardian, Sunday Times and The Telegraph I bought the book with great anticipation and can happily say I have not been disappointed. I really can't think of another book quite like it. The author cleverly manages to interweave oral history interviews with fascinating characters who have worked in London's best known jewellery quarter with a series of walks, conversations and deep archival research journeys to construct a really unique study of a little known quarter of the city. As a recent reviewer in The Independent pointed out, 'among her [Lichtenstein's] many talents is her ability to make us look with a fresh eye at familiar urban spaces.' This book is a must read for anyone interested in the story of London.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fiona O'Reilly on 26 Jun. 2012
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Diamond Street is deservedly climbing the best seller charts and equally deservedly attracting glowing column inches in all of the major broadsheets: this book sparkles with fascinating history, facts - but most of all humanity - bringing a street that we all think we know into very contemporary life.

Rachel Lichtenstein is a unique and unrelenting researcher but she is above all a listener - and it is the human stories, including her own family's history with Hatton Garden, that make this book so much more than a study of the development of a street or a trade.

She pores over maps, tramps down sewers to discover forbidden rivers, respectfully depicts the closed world of the diamond exchange, talks to the traders from the small to de Beers and - probably because of her own apparent artistic interests - shows the reader the skill and beauty of those who still craft jewels in the traditional way. It is the people of Hatton Garden that tell the story and Rachel Lichtenstein's empathy that allows them to tell it.

It will make you think again the next time you saunter down this street. It might make you look at that ring you bought there in a different way.

This is the second in a series of books on London streets - the first was On Brick Lane - and I can't wait for the next one.

Also recommend her remarkable first book - Rodinsky's Room.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Rachel Lichtenstein's 'Diamond Street' is a heady cocktail of memoir, oral history, urban archaeology and psychogeography, much along the lines of her earlier book On Brick Lane. It takes the story of Hatton Garden as its point of departure to slice through space and time into the heart of one of London's most secretive and fascinating areas.

'The Garden' has been a marginal zone since Roman times, when it was an area of Celtic settlement and mercantile activity outside the city walls. The hub of the city moved to the west after the Romans left, then back to the east at the time of the Viking raids, with Holborn and Hatton Garden forever in-between. Even now, ambitious estate agents are trying to rebrand the area as 'Midtown' - an acknowledgement that it's not quite the City nor quite the West End. But beneath the modern street facades there are memories of strawberry fields, watermills, secret medieval monastic orders, prisons, Italian telescope makers, bear baiting, Elizabethan intrigues, Dickensian street gangs and of course the closely-cloistered diamond business.

Lichtenstein argues that the area's soul lies underground, not only in the ghosts of its past and the secrets of its present, but also in the maze of vaults beneath street level and in the underground presence of the Fleet River, which still flows furtively beneath the area from Hampstead Heath down to the Thames, unknown to most locals. Her project is to bring some of these secrets to the surface.

The oral history sections are brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Holdsworth on 20 Oct. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was expecting a book about Hatton Garden and the diamond business there - instead I have learnt more about the wide area surrounding The Garden - Little Italy, Smithfield Market etc all a bit off the grid - for which I am not sorry, but it was not my expectation and I could have been upset if my sole desire had been a more concentrated history/biography of just Hatton Garden. Maybe the author ran out of material and had to fill in with this extraneous material. I think the book should be retitled to reflect its more diverse subject matter. The main reason I am giving 3 stars is because this is a book about a wide area that I am not totally familiar with - particularly the back streets and no-one has thought to give me a map to orient myself. Then there are the untitled illustrations throughout the book - they are all listed at the beginning - which means I am always having to go back to find out what some of the manholes and dark windows are all about! I hope this is just the publisher's way of controlling costs and has nothing to do with the egocentricity of the author not giving twopence for her readers - but I somehow have my doubts....
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