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I needed to find out much more about the East End as part of a project I'm involved in and I must say I was impressed by this book. Lively and engaging, thoughful and reflective, it is a credit to the author's ability to summarise what must have been a wealth of information. Such micro-histories may not garner the publicity associated with maintstream historical writing (usually focusing on the 'big' issues) but as far as quality goes Rachel Lichenstein puts many an academic writer to shame. A delight to read (which I wasn't necessarily expecting). The voices of the people she interviewed come to life wonderfully - and what interesting lifes they have led.