At this point in time with the publication of Columbia Road, Of Blood and Belonging, I have completed what may be loosely called the Columbia Road trilogy. This project began almost twenty years ago with the appearance of the oral history book, Watercress But No Sandwiches, which is about the people living a small part of London’s East End. Many of those individuals have long since passed on but their stories remain as a fascinating glimpse into a lost world.
From then onwards I began writing for the theatre and radio, something which continues, hence there was a considerable hiatus before the next book appeared. As time passed and the area of Bethnal Green in which I live became increasingly gentrified I felt it was time to write the story of the famous Columbia Road Flower market, where in fact I was born. 2013 saw the publication of Columbia Road – A strange Kind of Paradise which tells the tale of that one single road. As a consequence of its appearance Hannah MacDonald of September Publishing got in touch and we began discussing another book, this one a personal memoir. Memoirs are difficult and somewhat terrifying to write but Columbia Road of Blood and Belonging was published in 2017.
Along the way my nephew Danny and I wrote a children’s book, The Oonford Detective Agency and with Carolyn Clark I wrote The Shoreditch Tales.
More books in the pipeline? Of course.