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My East End Audio CD – Audiobook, Apr 2004


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754096033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754096030
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 4.1 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,250,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The heart of the East End has always been Tower Hamlets; Gilda O'Neill is enough of a partisan to regard even Hackney as a bit out of bounds. My East End starts with the earliest times--the East of London has always been where dirty industry congregated, downstream from the Court and Parliament, and it has always been where incomers started, from Flemings in the Middle Ages to Bengalis today.

The greater part of this excellent book, though, is not a competent academic run through of the sources, but an invaluable collection of oral history, in which pensioners talk about the classic East End of late Victorian times and the inter-war period, a time when grinding poverty could just about be survived with luck, when people were forced to live in each other's pockets and children played around the open door of their homes until all hours: "There was always a jigsaw on the go and everyone that called had a go at putting some pieces in. Nanny usually came round on Friday nights and always brought a bag of sweets--winter warmers--and, as she was going home, she would call out 'Goodnight, kidlets'. I said that when I grew up I would go out singing in the streets and buy her a pair of blue bloomers."

O'Neill is fascinating about both the positive and negative sides of a way of life that went forever when families were moved out to housing estates on the fringes of London and about the parts of it that have survived into a new multi-cultural East End; My East End is a good book because it has an unsnobbish respect for the voices it draws on. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By sumner.j@pg.com on 25 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I read My East End in one day (something I have rarely done). I was hypnotised and delighted to read all the quotes. . . I could "see" the people and hear my parents and my grand-parents in the phrasing - and yet they were all brought up in Paddington (a good few miles from the East End). A true account of a lifestyle that was snatched from under our feet. If only we could interact the way they all did then, when there was real London Pride.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
Format: Paperback
Having been born, when the Old East End was on the verge of extinction, when people in suits decided that it was better to destroy communities and build the Nirvanah for the working Class out in Essex, this book brought back so many memoires for me. If anyone wants to know what life really was like, they should buy this book and then they'll understand the differences between then and now, and also the complete fiction that is displayed on their screens on a weekly basis. This book should be distributed to every school.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2000
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant read. As I was born in Bethnal Green,I found this book fascinating. It gives graphic details of the daily struggle the ordinary folk of East London had to endure. It charts the history of the area and offers various testimonies from the older generation on how life has changed. Beautifully written with some good photographs, I thoroughly recommend this book to anybody.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a brilliant read, it took me back to my childhood and the stories of my father and his parents. Just a shame the author thinks the East End is the only place such behaviours took place - I'm from south London and we were brought up just the same! Hence recommended as a great read for Londoners and those who wish to learn about Londoners - whatever side of the river they come from.
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A true and detailed account of a community that has been sadly lost. The hardships of those growing up in the 1920's and the sacrifices that they made have long gone unrecorded. Sadly the politicians of today still do not recognise these sacrifices that were made. When that generation of young men went off to fight for what they saw as evils having witnessied the marches of Mosley. having little work, housing at the end of that conflict. Sadly our leaders did not recognise the need for communities and so many families became nuclear and now as the population ages and the politicians are niggardly in the grants to the Local Authorities one sees so many isolated needy people. When will we ever learn.!!!,
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By G Collins on 14 Jan. 2015
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. As I come from East London growing up in the 1950 I can relate very much to the tales and stories told. Also the history of how the East End came to be, the great melting pot, a must read for everyone. I will read again.
I have also bought two more, presents for friends.
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By Suzy on 9 April 2014
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Brilliant book about life in London lets you look back in history to when our grandparents relatives were alive and so trur
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By jillwroe on 26 Mar. 2014
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Sorry didn't finish this book, felt like I was reading an encyclopedia when I was expecting a story. Whether I missed something by not finishing the book I won't know, but do not let me stop anyone from reading the book, it may just have been me.
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